A couple of weeks ago, I announced the publication of a new anthology of Bedtime Ballads and Tall Tales from the Australian Bush, Tell ‘Em They’re Dreaming, in which I am delighted to have a ballad of my own included.
The anthology was launched online on Facebook last Sunday 1 November with many of the authors reading their stories in the Share Your Story Facebook Group, which you are welcome to join. You may scroll through the posts and listen to many of the stories there.
My story Once Upon a Billabong tells of a big bully bullfrog who enjoys being mean and doesn’t allow anyone else to live in his billabong. But things don’t always work out the way we plan, and certainly not for the bully bullfrog who is soon looking for a home himself. To find out what happens, listen to me read the story in this video, or perhaps you’d like to read along with me. I hope you enjoy it.
(In case you’re wondering, I bought a frog onesie especially for the launch and still decided to wear it when we had to go online. It doesn’t work as well in the video as I’d hoped. I’m not really trying to hide. 😊)
Sales of the anthology help to raise funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service.
The book can be purchased from Amazon, and other online bookstores and selected bookshops.
It has already reached #1 Best Seller on Amazon.
Once Upon a Billabong links to the curriculum
Once Upon a Billabong is mainly about the importance of being kind to others, but also has an underlying environmental theme. It can also be incorporated into a poetry unit. It is a rhyming ballad (narrative poem that tells a story) in the Australian tradition.
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