"Grandfather Emu and How the Kangaroo got her Pouch" By Rhonda Collard & Spratt & Jacki Ferro

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Poor old Grandfather Emu can hardly walk or see. Of all the bush animals, who will lead old Weij to the creek for food and water?

In this fun Aboriginal Dreaming story, children learn how Mother Yonga Kangaroo got her pouch, and the importance of taking the time to help.

About the Authors

Rhonda Collard-Spratt and Jacki Ferro first teamed up to write Aunty Rhonda's life story, Alice's Daughter: Lost mission Child (AIATSIS 2017). Through many fun adventures, they have become great friends. During the 2020 pandemic, they began writing stories based on Aboriginal teachings.

Rhonda and Jacki want to give all children hope and joy, keep the Dreaming alive, and help strengthen Aboriginal children's connection to culture and Country. Born in Carnarvon, Western Australia, Aunty Rhonda Collard-Spratt, or Aunty Curlew, is a strong Yamatji-Noongar woman, and a respected representative of the Stolen Generations.

Aunty Rhonda lives by the bush in Ipswich, Queensland. When not telling yarns or singing songs, you can find Aunty in her backyard painting, or creating bush jewellery, and calling out to the magpies and kookaburras.

Jacki, or Dragonfly Girl, writes and edits life stories in her home among the trees in Brisbane. When not at her laptop, you'll find Jacki out dancing Zumba, singing with her friends, or enjoying time with her husband Vito, and their two wonderful children, Luca and Francesca.

ISBN: 9781925877861
ISBN-10: 1925877868
Series: The Spirit Of The Dreaming
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 36
Published: 18th June 2021
Publisher: Boolarong Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 33.9 x 27.1  x 6.7
Weight (kg): 0.36


"This is such a wonderful Dreaming story with stunning artwork by Aunty Rhonda. It has a beautiful lesson about being kind and helping our Elders. It highlights that we are all part of one community and working together, showing compassion and cooperation is vital." Elise Ellerman