How the Kangaroos Got Their Tails
George Mung Mung Lirrmiyarri
Pamela Lofts, compiler
16 children helped illustrate this book
Ashton Scholastic, 1987
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- Children as artists
- Gija / Kija people (K20) (WA SE52-06)
- Stories and motifs
- Warmun / Turkey Creek (WA East Kimberley SE52-06)
Once there were two kangaroos a big kangaroo who lived on the plains and a small kangaroo who lived in the hills. The small kangaroo was hungry and found some sugarbag and started to eat it. The big kangaroo came along and wanted to have some sugarbag as well. The small kangaroo tricked the larger one by making him find spiders instead. So they had a fight and threw sticks at each other.
This book is based on a story told by George Mung Mung Lirrmiyarri, of the Kija people for Aboriginal people living in Warmun (Turkey Creek), Western Australia. The illustrations are adapted from original paintings done by the children of the Warmum community.
Pamela Lofts lives in Alice Springs where she has developed a series of books with Aboriginal storytellers and children based on their traditional stories. She has also illustrated a number of picture books, including the classic Koala Lou written by Mem Fox, and Wombat Stew.
Series: Aboriginal story
- Dave Edgren video 'How the Kangaroos got their Tails https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSBEGg2X-iE
- Manly Guringai Festival Dreamtime Stories 'How the Kangaroos got their Tails' https://393960104288492382.weebly.com/dreamtime-stories.html
- Prezi Presentation "An Aboriginal Dreamtime Story 'How the Kangaroos got their Tails'" https://prezi.com/ku24uamha9l4/aboriginal-dreamtime-story-how-the-kangaroos-got-their-tail/
- Alex Graham video humourous presentation based on "How the Kangaroos got their Tails' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXtc-5KVs9E
- Teacher Planet 'Kangaroos' Lessons and worksheets https://www.teacherplanet.com/content/kangaroo
- Warmum Country Warmum Art Centre http://desertriversea.com.au/art-centres/warmun-art-centre