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Stories from the Billabong [Paperback]

James Vance Marshall , Francis Firebrace
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Book Description

5 Aug 2010
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.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (5 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847801242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847801241
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 0.5 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A book that will be enjoyed for its educational value and for the delightful re-telling of its age-old tales. (Historic Novels Review)

A book to respect and treasure which offers fascinating insight into the most ancient of cultures. It can be enjoyed on a variety of levels from its wonderful storytelling to an appreciation of the symbolic illustrations and thus used in various ways too. A rich resource indeed. (Carousel)

About the Author

James Vance Marshall is also published under the names Ian Cameron and Donald Payne. His most famous book, Walkabout, was first published as The Children, and was later made into a movie by the director Nicholas Roeg. His other books include A River Ran Out of Eden, The Lost Ones (dramatised by Disney as The Island at the Top of the World) and White-Out. He lives in Dorking, Surrey

Francis Firebrace is a 'Wirrigan man', a name given to a wise Aboriginal elder whose songs, including traditional didgeridoo, retell the old stories and speak of freeing the spirit. He is one of Australia's foremost Aboriginal storytellers who has been 'yarning' since he can't remember when and performing at schools, festivals and theatres. He is also a highly respected artist whose works have been displayed throughout the world. He paints in the four colours his people (the Yorta Yorta) have used since the beginning of time: black from fire coals, white from pipe clay, red and yellow from ground ochre, and he mixes these with acrylic to achieve his own distinctive, contemporary effect. Francis lives in Weybridge, Surrey.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 wonderful stories 28 April 2009
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This is a superb book.
Each story is told beautifully, and accompanied by areas of text giving background facts about Aboriginal beliefs that relate to the story being told. Throughout the book the stories are accompanied by beautiful Aboroginal ochre illustrations that bring the characters in the stories to life.

A great book for primary age children to enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories from the Billabong 8 July 2010
Great stories, well illustrated. Have used this a lot in my work in primary schools. After each story there is a little information piece which the children have also enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 6 Feb 2011
I absolutely love this book! Again, I bought it as a teaching resource. It is beautifully illustrated with Aboriginal patterns drawn on each page. The stories are not too long and are very entertaining. Its a large book so it's also suitable for young children. It's great for making children more globally aware and looking at patterns in artwork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This takes me back... 28 Dec 2011
By QuambyG
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Being born & brought up in Australia I had heard several of 'The Dreaming' stories from members of our 'local' aboriginal tribe. I couldn't resist this book, as it reminded me of those happy childhood days spent on the edge of the Australian bush, & I wasn't disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars G'day 14 Nov 2010
Used this in a school unit where children often don't like reading or commenting on books. They loved the stories. easy to read and understand - one child asked me to read a story every day! The illustrations were so vivid. we used some of them to create our own stories. unheard of in the unit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice book 27 Feb 2012
By rita
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This book contains nice Aboriginal stories and is illustrated with very nice Aboriginal pictures, I can recommend it! It's good quality paper, too. I'll probably buy a second copy myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 16 Feb 2012
i used this book for an activity during an aboriginal topic. the stories are short and easy to read and easy for the children to listen to. the illustrations are beautiful and really got the childrens imaginations going to create their own piece of aboriginal art
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 4 Feb 2012
I bought this book to use in school to teach children about Australia. The Aboriginal stories have been so useful for learning about different cultures and after each story there is a fact page about the animals in the story. At the back there is a page of Aboriginal art symbols which I found very useful. The book is also beautifully illustrated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully told and beautifully illustrated
Beautifully told and beautifully illustrated! We love this book, bought for my 6 year old daughter. It transports you to a different place - just gorgeous!
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Beautifully presented and a wide range of brilliant stories. I used this book during the year 4 literacy unit 'stories from other cultures ' during our Australia topic. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite book thus far!
I love this book, it's descriptive, the stories are age appropriate, the layout is clear, pictures are great for discussion starters!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Louise Wilkinson
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What a delightful book about aboriginal legends. Beautifully illustrated and very interesting to read. Definitely one for the grandchildren to read.
Published 13 months ago by judys
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
I bought this for my class to explain The Dreaming through stories. Not only are the collection of stories fantastic, the illustrations are brilliant. Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Competiton Piece
I needed to research the origins of the Aboriginal people for a competiton (flower Arranging), it has been extremely useful so keep you fingers crossed that the judge has also read... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Violet Sugar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book !
Brilliant ! I was surprised to find very few kids books of dreamtime stories but it doesn't matter ! This one is absolutely spot on for my class of yr 5/6 children x
Published 20 months ago by Swan
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories from the Billabong
This was bought as gift for my son for Christmas I cannot comment on this book I presume that he is enjoying the book
Published 22 months ago by Susan Carpenter
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