Daily Archives: March 17, 2013

Stories from the Billabong

by James Vance Marshall (retelling)
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Category: Mythology

Personal Evaluation: I have always been fascinated by aboriginal culture and stories and learned as much as I could while living abroad in Australia. However, I had not heard most of these stories before, but it was really cool to know the places and animals they were talking about and how the Aborigines say they were formed.

What might interest children: The illustrations are very different and may not appeal to them, but the stories are well-told and there is a page of explanation after each one. It is very much geared toward a non-Australian audience, which is helpful for American kids to understand the context of the stories.