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Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories

Written by Helen Milroy


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From a falling star to a lonely whale, an entertaining lizard to an enterprising penguin, these Indigenous stories are full of wonder, adventure and enduring friendships. Told in the style of traditional teaching stories, these animal tales take young readers on adventures of self-discovery and fulfilment.


'This charming book serves to both entertain and educate, and will provide a wonderful platform for discussion, art and imaginative play.' writingWA

'This delightful collection of eight stories shows animals as protagonists and heroes, and elements of nature (rocks, trees, moons) as possessing personalities and feelings ... these simple and direct stories demonstrate huge amounts of emotional intelligence.' Readings

'Each of the eight stories gives new life to a tale of the environment, helping readers see how each can apply not only to the animals but also the people who inhabit this country.' ReadPlus

'Told in the style of origin myths, with a strong traditional Indigenous influence ... this is a story that can help children to find their hidden strengths ⁠— and to feel proud of them.' Mums at the Table

'The themes of the book are universal for kids anywhere, encouraging them to feel proud of their imagination, energy, optimism, emotional intelligence and family connections.' Fremantle Herald

'Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories is a book of eight stories about love, friendship and nature. Reading them feels like a warm hug on a cold day ... These stories can be used to show children how their differences help to make the world a safer and more joyous place to live.' Magpies

'Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories is a book that engages readers from the very first page. Each of these bite-sized stories is imbued with a timeless quality, and feels as big as a continent.' Readings


Western Australian Premier's Book Award (Shortlisted 2019)
Readings Children's Book Prize (Shortlisted 2020)

ISBN 9781925815818 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Indigenous Writing
Children's ebooks
Fiction for Younger Readers
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2019
Pages 96
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    Helen Milroy

    Dr Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She was born and educated in Perth and has a passionate interest in health and wellbeing, especially for children. She is currently a professor at UWA, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. Read more