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Issue Details: First known date: 1899 1899
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'Lost and afraid in the darkening bush, Dot is befriended by a kind Kangaroo. She eats the berries of understanding and is then able to communicate with all the bush creatures, who eventually guide her home.

'The intriguing tale of Dot and her Kangaroo is told by Ethel Pedley with the charm that has made this book an Australian favourite since it was first published in 1899. Now, as then, children will be enthralled by this oldest of Australian classics, it will endure to entertain generations to come.' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

form y Dot and the Kangaroo Yoram Gross , John Palmer , Sydney : Yoram Gross Film Studios , 1977 Z1256824 1977 single work film/TV children's fantasy Based on the book of the same name by Ethel Pedley, the story concerns Dot, the young child of an outback settler, who becomes lost in the bush. She is befriended by a huge female red kangaroo, leading to Dot travelling about the countryside in the kangaroo's pouch. The two meet a number of characters on their travels, including a platypus, a koala, and a kookaburra, and have several exciting adventures before the kangaroo eventually helps Dot find her way home.
Creature 2016 single work drama children's

'Creature is a new interactive digital and physical theatre experience based on the much loved Australian story, Dot and the Kangaroo.

'Discover the magical landscape of the Australian bush as you've never seen it before, where large scale 3D projections of familiar animals spring to life and respond to the dance and aerial performers on stage. How long before this unique native wildlife disappears as humans encroach on their habitat?

'Creature invites you to step into an enchanting world to explore how human actions affect the Australian environment.

'First commissioned by QPAC for the 2016 Out of the Box festival for children eight years and under.

'Proudly supported by Brisbane's Child. ' (Production summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: To the children of Australia in the hope of enlisting their sympathy for the many beautiful, amiable and frolicsome creatures of their fair land; whose extinction, through ruthless destruction is being surely accomplished.
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1899

Works about this Work

Settler Colonialism and the Formation of Australian National Identity : Praed's 'Bunyip' and Pedley's 'Dot and the Kangaroo' Christa Knellwolf King , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagined Australia : Reflections around the Reciprocal Construction of Identity between Australia and Europe 2009; (p. 107-121)
'This essay discusses stories that performed the task of defining the identity of the white settler community at the turn of twentieth-century Australia. It concentrates on two late nineteenth-century narratives, Rosa Praed's short story 'The Bunyip' (1891) and Ethel C. Pedley's children's book Dot and the Kangaroo (1898) which, in different ways, utilise the mystery and danger of the Australian outback as building blocks for representing experiences that were supposedly familiar to all Australians. These two stories describe their white characters' responses to Aboriginal legends and rituals as seminal moments in their personal growth, implying that first-hand knowledge of Aboriginal traditions was an essential element in the collective experience of Australian settlers.' (p. 109)
Revisiting Dot and the Kangaroo: Finding a Way in the Australian Bush Ulla Rahbek , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , February no. 41 2007;
Rahbek suggests that, rather than being a tale of being lost in the bush, Dot and the Kangaroo is in a fact a story of being found. 'It is the indigenous creature who can show Dot how to find the true values of the Australian land and its bush creatures ... Dot learns, this paper argues, the importance of security and a sense of place from these animals, a security they themselves have lost in the wake of the European settlers' arrival.'
y Was Lost Gip Really Lost? : Some Representations of the Lost Child in Nineteenth-Century Discourses of Childhood Catharine Vaughan-Pow , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z1231837 2001 single work criticism
y Bunyips : Australia's Folklore of Fear Robert Holden , Nicholas Holden , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2001 Z899883 2001 single work criticism This book examines the role of the bunyip in Australian folklore from the first European settlers to the present time. The bunyip was important in Aboriginal mythology and the origins of the word are discussed. One chapter is devoted to Australian literature and the portrayal of bunyips. There are also extracts from Australian stories.
y Ethel Pedley's 'Dot' Reaches Her Century Jeffrey Prentice , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z1256402 2000 single work biography criticism Biographical details of Ethel Pedley's life and works, literary and musical.
Fairytales of the 1890s Peter Pierce , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Country of Lost Children : An Australian Anxiety 1999; (p. 60-64)
Changing Perspectives : The Implied Reader in Australian Children's Literature 1841-1994 H. M. Saxby , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , March vol. 26 no. 1 1995; (p. 25-38)
Early History : Australian Children's Literature to 1890 John Foster , Maureen Nimon , E. J. Finnis , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 1-13)
Untitled Millicent Jones , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 36 no. 1 1992; (p. 31-32)

— Review of Seven Little Australians Ethel Turner 1894 single work children's fiction ; Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel Pedley 1899 single work children's fiction
Untitled Jo Goodman , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 7 no. 4 1992; (p. 30)

— Review of Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel Pedley 1899 single work children's fiction
Untitled W. V. , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: School Library News , November vol. 24 no. 4 1992; (p. 23)

— Review of Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel Pedley 1899 single work children's fiction
Rednecks, 'Roos and Racism : Kangaroo Shooting and the Australian Way John Morton , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Social Analysis , April no. 27 1990; (p. 30-49)
Blinky Bill Changes Trousers for Stardom 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 28 July 1990; (p. 21)
Dot and the Kangaroo i "Dottie, lost in cruel wild scrub", Barbara Jefferis , 1983 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: Oz Shrink Lit. 1983; (p. 29-30)
y Dot and the Kangaroo Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1977 Z1365625 1977 single work criticism Discussion of the full length animated movie directed and co-written by Yoram Goss, based on Ethel Pedley's book, including a review by John Hend.
Australian Children's Books M. L. Fitzgerald , 1926 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 9 November vol. 2 no. 50 1926; (p. 18)
Women in the World 1926 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 11 May vol. 2 no. 24 1926; (p. 20)
Untitled Millicent Jones , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 36 no. 1 1992; (p. 31-32)

— Review of Seven Little Australians Ethel Turner 1894 single work children's fiction ; Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel Pedley 1899 single work children's fiction
Untitled Jo Goodman , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 7 no. 4 1992; (p. 30)

— Review of Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel Pedley 1899 single work children's fiction
Untitled W. V. , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: School Library News , November vol. 24 no. 4 1992; (p. 23)

— Review of Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel Pedley 1899 single work children's fiction
y Was Lost Gip Really Lost? : Some Representations of the Lost Child in Nineteenth-Century Discourses of Childhood Catharine Vaughan-Pow , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z1231837 2001 single work criticism
y Ethel Pedley's 'Dot' Reaches Her Century Jeffrey Prentice , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z1256402 2000 single work biography criticism Biographical details of Ethel Pedley's life and works, literary and musical.
y Dot and the Kangaroo Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1977 Z1365625 1977 single work criticism Discussion of the full length animated movie directed and co-written by Yoram Goss, based on Ethel Pedley's book, including a review by John Hend.
Revisiting Dot and the Kangaroo: Finding a Way in the Australian Bush Ulla Rahbek , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , February no. 41 2007;
Rahbek suggests that, rather than being a tale of being lost in the bush, Dot and the Kangaroo is in a fact a story of being found. 'It is the indigenous creature who can show Dot how to find the true values of the Australian land and its bush creatures ... Dot learns, this paper argues, the importance of security and a sense of place from these animals, a security they themselves have lost in the wake of the European settlers' arrival.'
Changing Perspectives : The Implied Reader in Australian Children's Literature 1841-1994 H. M. Saxby , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , March vol. 26 no. 1 1995; (p. 25-38)
Rednecks, 'Roos and Racism : Kangaroo Shooting and the Australian Way John Morton , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Social Analysis , April no. 27 1990; (p. 30-49)
Australian Children's Books M. L. Fitzgerald , 1926 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 9 November vol. 2 no. 50 1926; (p. 18)
Women in the World 1926 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 11 May vol. 2 no. 24 1926; (p. 20)
Settler Colonialism and the Formation of Australian National Identity : Praed's 'Bunyip' and Pedley's 'Dot and the Kangaroo' Christa Knellwolf King , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagined Australia : Reflections around the Reciprocal Construction of Identity between Australia and Europe 2009; (p. 107-121)
'This essay discusses stories that performed the task of defining the identity of the white settler community at the turn of twentieth-century Australia. It concentrates on two late nineteenth-century narratives, Rosa Praed's short story 'The Bunyip' (1891) and Ethel C. Pedley's children's book Dot and the Kangaroo (1898) which, in different ways, utilise the mystery and danger of the Australian outback as building blocks for representing experiences that were supposedly familiar to all Australians. These two stories describe their white characters' responses to Aboriginal legends and rituals as seminal moments in their personal growth, implying that first-hand knowledge of Aboriginal traditions was an essential element in the collective experience of Australian settlers.' (p. 109)
Dot and the Kangaroo i "Dottie, lost in cruel wild scrub", Barbara Jefferis , 1983 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: Oz Shrink Lit. 1983; (p. 29-30)
Blinky Bill Changes Trousers for Stardom 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 28 July 1990; (p. 21)
Fairytales of the 1890s Peter Pierce , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Country of Lost Children : An Australian Anxiety 1999; (p. 60-64)
Early History : Australian Children's Literature to 1890 John Foster , Maureen Nimon , E. J. Finnis , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 1-13)
y Bunyips : Australia's Folklore of Fear Robert Holden , Nicholas Holden , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2001 Z899883 2001 single work criticism This book examines the role of the bunyip in Australian folklore from the first European settlers to the present time. The bunyip was important in Aboriginal mythology and the origins of the word are discussed. One chapter is devoted to Australian literature and the portrayal of bunyips. There are also extracts from Australian stories.
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