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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (5 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847801242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847801241
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,178 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 By Andrew Hodgson on 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 By Miss Curley on 8 July 2010
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Feb 2011
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By QuambyG on 28 Dec 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sarah N. Duggan on 14 Nov 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rita on 27 Feb 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By harriet foyne on 16 Feb 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SJ on 4 Feb 2012
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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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