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About the Author: James Vance Marshall

Pseudonym of Donald Gordon Payne.
He lives in Surrey, England, and has four sons and one daughter.

The Children, later known as Walkabout, though published under the name James Vance Marshall, was actually written by the English author Donald Gordon Payne as were a number of Payne's later works for children. The Children and other works were apparently based on Marshall's travel notes and diaries, and in the case of The Children, Marshall may have drafted the work. Marshall claimed the work as his own during his lifetime while Payne has also claimed it as his own. Following Marshall's death, and with permission from the family, Payne continued to publish novels for children and adults using Marshall's name. There has been confusion about the status of the works in numerous sources.

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Paperback, Published in Aug 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks

ISBN10: 1847801242 | ISBN13: 9781847801241

Page count: 64

In Stories from the Billabong, a renowned author authentically and elegantly retells ten of Australia's ancient aboriginal legends. Here readers discover how Great Mother Snake created and peopled the world with plants and creatures, what makes frogs croak, why kangaroos have pouches, and just what it is that makes platypuses so special. The illustrations are by the aboriginal artist and storyteller Francis Firebrace, whose distinctive, colorful work is known throughout Australia and beyond. He uses the four traditional colors of aboriginal art (black, white, red, and yellow), as well as his experiences as a member of the Yorta-Yorta, to make these stories live on the page. A beautiful, imaginative book to open new frontiers in children’s minds, Stories from the Billabong shows a master storyteller and distinguished artist each at the height of their powers.

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