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Stories from the Billabong By James Vance Marshall Francis Firebrace Stories from the Billabong In Stories from the Billabong a renowned author authentically and elegantly retells ten of Australia s ancient aboriginal legends Here readers discover how Great Mother Snake created and peopled the

  • Title: Stories from the Billabong
  • Author: James Vance Marshall Francis Firebrace
  • ISBN: 9781845077044
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stories from the Billabong By James Vance Marshall Francis Firebrace In Stories from the Billabong, a renowned author authentically and elegantly retells ten of Australia s ancient aboriginal legends Here readers discover how Great Mother Snake created and peopled the world with plants and creatures, what makes frogs croak, why kangaroos have pouches, and just what it is that makes platypuses so special The illustrations are by the aborigIn Stories from the Billabong, a renowned author authentically and elegantly retells ten of Australia s ancient aboriginal legends Here readers discover how Great Mother Snake created and peopled the world with plants and creatures, what makes frogs croak, why kangaroos have pouches, and just what it is that makes platypuses so special The illustrations are by the aboriginal artist and storyteller Francis Firebrace, whose distinctive, colorful work is known throughout Australia and beyond He uses the four traditional colors of aboriginal art black, white, red, and yellow , as well as his experiences as a member of the Yorta Yorta, to make these stories live on the page A beautiful, imaginative book to open new frontiers in children s minds, Stories from the Billabong shows a master storyteller and distinguished artist each at the height of their powers.
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    1. Jean on said:

      Stories from the Billabong is an oversize paperback, containing ten traditional Aboriginal tales These are some of the oldest stories in the world Tens of thousands of years before Tutankhamen was buried in his pyramid, these stories of the Dreamtime were being told beside the campfires and waterholes of the Aboriginal desert They were told by word of mouth, because the Aboriginal people of Australia have no written language The tales have been collected together and given to the Australian auth [...]

    2. Michael P Campana on said:

      Stories from the Billabong is a picture book format re telling of ten Australian aboriginal folk tales, each illustrated with colorful acrylic paintings in the style of traditional aboriginal designs and figures both animal and human Principal characters in the stories include the Rainbow Serpent the Kangaroo the Spirit of the Creator disguised as a Wombat Lybrebird Little Green Frog Brogla, a young girl Broolie Broolie, an evil magician Platypus Krubi, and young girl, and the warrior Bami, her [...]

    3. Bri on said:

      I really enjoyed reading Stories From the Billabong retold by James Vance Marshall and illustrated by Francis Firebrace This is a wonderful cultural book about stories passed down from the Australian Aboriginals Each story is about an animal and why or how it does the thing it is known to do For example, it tells a story of how the kangaroos got their pouch, why frogs can only croak, how the crocodile got its scales and Each story is a true story that has been told to generation after generatio [...]

    4. Crystina on said:

      Stories from the Billabong is a collection of ten different stories from Australia s Aboriginal tribes The stories that are included are The Rainbow Serpent and the Story of Creation, How the Kangaroo got her pouch, Why Frogs can only Croak, Why Brolgas Dance, Why the Platypous is such a Special Creature, The Mountain Rose, The Two Moths and the Flowers of the Mountain, How the Crocodile got its Scales, the Lizard Man and the Creation of Uluru, and The Butterflies and the Mystery of Death Each o [...]

    5. Hal Johnson on said:

      This book asserts than once that Aboriginal culture is by far the oldest continuing culture on earth, and that these stories themselves are tens of thousands of years old, a difficult claim to prove, or even support equating technological level with culture is of a nineteenth century fallacy than a modern one, and even consistency of, say, artwork, hardly demonstrates that the art meant anything close to the same thing to the different people producing it over time And how do you prove the ant [...]

    6. Nyna on said:

      This is an incredible book Each story is presented exactly as I would expect from a tribal view not that I have personal tribal experience , and it is followed with current facts The follow up facts don t automatically discount the stories They simply state whether the species is extinct, endangered, protected, or other, as well as some facts about its life Not only is it a multicultural book, but a factual and informational book too The pictures are presented so beautifully that no is needed t [...]

    7. David Korsak on said:

      This book is a collection of myths and legends put into many different stories These myths and legends are inspired by the dreaming of the Yorta Yorta people whose traditional lands occupy the north eastern part of the present day Australian state of Victoria The stories or tales range in topics from the Rainbow Serpent and the Story of Creation, to The Lizard Man and the Creation of Uluru, and The Butterflies and the Mystery of Death The tales are not only about the people of the Yorta Yorta, b [...]

    8. Cate Mueller on said:

      Stories from the Billabong written by James Vance Marshall and Illustrated by Francis Fireball explore the theme of cultural diversity by telling the story of ten Australia ancient aboriginal legends The ten stories include the Australian Aborigines people perspective on how culture is intertwined with how certain aspects of life formed The tales are not only for entertainment and to tell an interesting story, however the tails reflect the people of the Yorta Yorta, whose traditional lands occup [...]

    9. Molly Slothower on said:

      Stories From The Billabong is a collection of ten stories that tell how things have come to be from the perspective of the Australian Aborigines people These legends show some of the important beliefs of these people, one of which is that the animal, the Platypus, is very wise and must never be hunted This is found in the myth of why the Platypus is such a special creature A few of the legends within this book are the meaning behind the mountain rose, the story of creation and even why frogs can [...]

    10. Kelsey Hoban on said:

      Stories from the Billabong is also a Notable Book for a Global Society award winner It is a fun and informative book about Australian culture The book is told through ten different wise tales of the old Australian culture It brings the stories to life through imaginative words and true stories that tell how the world was brought about All the stories in the book are authentic and are written from experience that the author spent with one of Australias tribes Not only were the stories amazing but [...]

    11. Kaity on said:

      Stories from the Billabong by James Vance Marshall won the Global Society Award Stories from the Billabong is a compilation of ten different Australian ancient legends The illustrations in this book are by the aboriginal artist Francis Firebrace whose artwork is well known throughout Australia By using the four traditional colors throughout the pages Firebrace really makes the legends play out in the reader s mind This book meets the generally accepted criteria of quality for the genre of folklo [...]

    12. Mackenzie Cannon on said:

      Stories from the Billabong is a collection of stories of myths and legends created by the Yorta Yorts people from eastern Australia There are many interesting tales, such as The Lizard Man, The Mystery of Death, and the Story of Creation Sections of the book are set to explain certain things such as animals, flowers, and rocks, and include different aboriginal symbols that are on the pages and explained in the glossary in the back of the book An activity that students can do in classrooms could [...]

    13. Makayla Coffey on said:

      Stories from the billabong is a collection of aborigine legends for how things came about in the world One of the stories tells how the kangaroo gots its pouch, another is about why the frog croaks All the stories have supernatural things that happen in them Like how the great snake came out of the earth, made the skies rain for years, and just by the tracks of her path and the dip of her nose she created the rivers and mountains Or the lizard man created the greatest boomerang but lost it when [...]

    14. Kristen on said:

      Stories from the Billabong is an interesting book about the beginnings and whys of Aboriginal Australia A collection of folktales, we learn Why the Frog Croaks and How the Earth Was Made by mother snake There is plenty of text but it is accompanied by bright and vivid illustrations At the end of the book there is a list of common aboriginal tribe words as well as their symbols which I found quite interesting.This book would be great to use as a middle school lesson of comparing creation and why [...]

    15. Michelle Llewellyn on said:

      I had to read this for a children s lit class and found the ten short stories from Aboriginal culture very enjoyable The memorable ones included Kangaroo getting her pouch, what makes the Platypus special, why the crocodile is now man s most feared enemy and a Paul Bunyan tall tale of a story explaining how many of Australia s most popular landmarks were formed These stories, told orally and passed down through many generations have been collected and written down to be shared with the world an [...]

    16. Lindsey Adams on said:

      Stories from the Billabong is a book filled with ancient legends from the Aboriginal Australians, the Yorta Yorta These legends consist of how the crocodile got his scales, how the kangaroo got her pouch, why Borglas dance, just to name a few This book is rich in culture and is recognized as a Notable Book for Global Society I really enjoyed this book because it talks about things we all know or think about but from a spiritual and cultural perspective and interests readers in other view points. [...]

    17. Kristin McIlhagga on said:

      Lovely collection of Aboriginal tales of the Yorta Yorta people s of Australia Includes interesting and helpful facts about animals, insects, flowers and land unique to Australia as well as a glossary and explanation of Aboriginal symbols used throughout the book The illustrator is himself from the Yorta Yorta tribe and created the striking illustrations using primarily black, white, red yellow the colors his people have used since the beginning of time.

    18. Lainey Bulmer on said:

      While I enjoyed the legends about how certain things central to Australia came about, my favorite part was the factual information after each story Since I am not from, nor have ever been to, Australia, I did not know what most of the legends were about These factual pieces helped me understand the significance and be entertained by the legends even .

    19. Logan on said:

      Why Logan loved Just So Stories, and several books for folktales Combine that with his love of several aussie animals, including the kangaroo and I think this retelling of Australian aboriginal tales will be a winner Smithsonian Notable Book 2009

    20. Joanne on said:

      Very good short stories great to read to kids so they can learn about different cultures

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