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By Rebecca Beetson

Image of a book cover with a kangaroo hopping across under the title How Mother Kangaroo Got Her Pouch

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A combination of First Nations storytelling and exciting adventure tale, How Mother Kangaroo Got Her Pouch is the second in a series of five picture books featuring stories from Australia inspired by the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre.

How Mother Kangaroo Got Her Pouch follows Mother Bunda and her spirited joey, Baabay, as they adventure across the vast Australian landscape where they meet Wambad, the wise old wombat. When Mother Kangaroo’s bravery and quick thinking save Baabay and Wambad from hunters, Wambad repays their kindness with an unexpected gift that will change their lives forever.

Author Rebecca Beetson

Rebecca Beetson is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, author and artist whose family and ancestors are traditional custodians of lands in Dubbo and Moree New South Wales. Teaching, storytelling and sharing culture are central to Rebecca’s creative practice. With more than a decade of experience in painting, she has sold over 200 artworks and produced public art commissions, including murals. Her art is held in both private and corporate collections.

Illustrator Paul Lalo

Paul Lalo was born in France and, in 2004, arrived in Australia to study animation at the Queensland College of Art. Paul has worked as a director, animator and motion designer for TV commercials, music videos and documentaries. Paul is co-founder of Melbourne-based animation boutique Soymilk Studio which specialises in stop-motion and motion design.

Publication details

ISBN 9781921953507
HB, 32 pages, 225 mm x 280 mm
National Museum of Australia Press, June 2024

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