Stories from the Billabong, Paperback
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


From the author of Walkabout come ten of Australia's ancient aboriginal legends, authentically and elegantly retold.

Here you can discover how Great Mother Snake created and peopled the world with plants and creatures, what makes Frogs croak, why Kangaroo has a pouch, and just what it is that makes Platypus so special.

The illustrations are by the aboriginal artist and storyteller Francis Firebrace, whose distinctive, colourful work is known throughout Australia and beyond.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9781847801241


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The stories in this are entertaining (I particularly like "The Mountain Rose" and "Platypus"), but the artwork doesn't really tell the story. It does set the mood, but that really isn't enough for me. I do see the possibility for a great comparison lesson between "How the Kangaroo Got its Pouch" with any of the European fairy stories with a kind deed done unknowingly to a witch who rewards them (there are several).

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Summary: This book contains eleven myths of the Yorta-Yorta people, one of Australia's Aboriginal tribes. "The Rainbow Serpent and the Story of Creation" tells of how Mother Snake created the topography of Australia and woke the animals who live there. "The Butterflies and the Mystery of Death" explains hibernation and metamorphosis, as well as explaining death and reincarnation. Review: The myths in this story are special, I was enraptured with them. The art is well explained and culturally relevant. Along with the myths, the author explains the features of Australia, including, animals, landscape, and customs of its people. This book and its traditional stories would make for a great multicultural lesson.

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I love to read traditional folktale collections about cultures I know very little about, and this is another fantastic collection of ancient folktales revolving around a culture I am completely foreign to- Aboriginal tribes of the Australian outback. I loved the illustrations that accompany the stories-especially the traditional color pallet of red, yellow, black and white. overall, a fantastic read, and totally worth while for anyone interested in Australia.

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