The Legends of Moonie Jarl
Retold by Moonie Jarl (Wilf Reeves)
Illustrated by Wandi (Olga Miller)
The Jacaranda Press, 1964, [First Edition], illustrated colour plates throughout, hardcover with illustrated boards, dustjacket
Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, ex-library with stamps, stickers and tape residue to front and back endpapers, dustjacket attached to inside covers, shows some edge and shelf wear with some chipping, rubbing, creasing and small tears, sticker to spine (see photographs)
“These are the stories which Aboriginal children were taught about the origins of birds, animals and plants. Children of all lands have their own stories. These are the stories which belong to all Australian children, for their own birds and animals are the subjects of legend which have been handed down since the First Time.
In this book you will learn how the wallaby got its pouch, how the boomerang was invented, and how the little fire bird came to have that bright scarlet spot on its back. The stories tell why the curlew cries like a woman at night, how the swan stretched its neck , and why the bat or flying fox hangs upside down, You will also learn some secrets of Aboriginal magic which you can try for yourself…”