Dr Gwenda Beed Davey, Honorary Research Associate, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, reviews Gadi Mirrabooka: This is one of the most interesting and varied collections of Aboriginal stories I have seen. The stories have the unmistakable stamp of authenticity and offer a great variety in themes and levels of complexity.
Dr Margaret Read MacDonald, an Author, Storyteller and Folklorist, based in Kirkland, Washington, USA says of Gadi Mirrabooka: ‘At last we have a collection of Aboriginal tales, we may use with the blessing of the elders. An amazing book ‒ and a great resource. You did a great service to the world, by preserving those wonderful Aboriginal stories and making them available to a wider audience in your book Gadi Mirrabooka.’
Catherine: Thanks I have received the book today. I thought you might like to know that I am taking it as a gift to a friend in Iceland who is a middle school teacher. Icelanders love good stories. Perhaps some Icelandic children will get to hear some of these too now.
Em: I chose the book because I wanted to read Dreamtime stories, and it delivered. The stories are creative, yet logical, and I learnt a lot about the Dreaming and how Australia’s landscapes, animals and plants came to be. I was disappointed that only one of the 33 stories was from Western Australia. (About half are from New South Wales). It would have been nice to read a wider variety of stories, and more that related to the geography, flora and fauna outside the East Coast.
OWS Library: An excellent reference work for storytellers as there are ample source notes and contextual information. Permission was obtained from the original tellers for others to reuse their work.
Corrie: Great collection of background information on Australian Aborigines, stories and pictures.
Judy: Wonderful tales to be shared with the young ones about me, as they grow
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