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Issue Details: First known date: 1929 1929
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Notes

  • The book contains several stories told by different animals during eight meetings around the Meeting Pool. There is also an account given of the atmosphere of each meeting before the stories are told.

    • First meeting: 'The King of the Winds', 'The Tiger and the Mouse-Deer', and 'Pa Badak's Lawsuit'.
    • Second meeting, 'The Greatest Race that Ever Was'.
    • Third meeting: 'The Greatest Thing in the World'.
    • Fourth meeting: 'The Jellyfish that Wouldn't'
    • Fifth meeting: 'Lazy Tok', and 'The Feast of the Durians'
    • Sixth meeting: 'The Messenger of the Moon', and 'The Kenawai and the Water-Buffalo'
    • Seventh meeting: No stories are told, but it describes how Bruang the Bear fights the Python.
    • Last meeting: 'The Tree with the Softest Heart'
  • Author's note: 'The little island of Pulau Daat lies off the coast of the big island of Borneo... It is a very tiny fragment of the British Empire and I do not think you will be able to find it on the map. It was on Pulau Daat that the writer collected the little stories in this book. He wrote them down for the amusement of his small daughter living in Australia...' (1929 edition)
  • Publisher's blurb for this title is on the back cover of the digitised copy of Blinky Bill Joins the Army.

Contents

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Elkin Mathews , 1929 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The First Meeting : At Which It is Decided that the White Man Must Be Stopped, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's
The animals of a small island near Borneo have gathered at the meeting-pool because they are worried the white man is cutting down the jungle.
The Meeting-Pool : I, The First Meeting
(p. 3-7)
The King of the Winds, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's
The animals wish to stop the White Man from clearing the jungle, and they gather at the meeting-pool to decide what to do. The flying fox suggests that they should use softness instead of force, and tells the story of the King of the Winds. (From the Victorian Readers : Fifth Book.)
(p. 11-14)
The Tiger and the Mouse-Deer, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's (p. 17-21)
Pa Badak's Lawsuit, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's (p. 25-30)
The Second Meeting : At Which It Is Decided that the Python Should Kill the White Man, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's (p. 33-35)
The Greatest Race That Ever Was, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's
The animals are again sitting around the pool debating how to deal with the white man when the Hornbill tells the story of the squirrel and the shellfish having the 'Greatest Race That Ever Was', a version of 'The Tortoise and the Hare'.
The Meeting-Pool : II, The Greatest Race That Ever Was
(p. 39-42)
The Third Meeting : At Which the Python Goes to Sleep, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's (p. 45-47)
The Greatest Thing in the World, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's (p. 51-54)
The Fourth Meeting : At Which the Slow Loris Talks Magic, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's (p. 57-58)
The Jellyfish That Wouldn't, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's
The animals have met again under the Tapang-tree and this time it is the Slow Loris's turn to tell a story about the young jellyfish who did not heed his mother's advice.
The Meeting-Pool : III, The Jellyfish That Wouldn't
(p. 61-63)
The Fifth Meeting : At Which the Slow Loris Goes to Sleep and the Mosquito Tells a Story, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's (p. 67-69)
Lazy Tok, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's Lazy Tok : A Story from Borneo (p. 73-78)
The Feast of the Durians, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's
In another meeting the animals discuss how size doesn't always matter and how the mosquito has the power to undo the white man.
The Meeting-Pool : IV, The Feast of Durians
(p. 81-86)
The Sixth Meeting : At Which Bruang the Bear Confesses to Being the White Man's Friend, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's (p. 89-90)
The Messenger of the Moon, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's (p. 93-97)
The Kenawai and the Water-Buffalo, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's
The animals are miserable as the White Man is burning the fallen jungle. Bruang the bear tells a story of the arrogant water-buffalo and how it shows 'it is a mistake to bite off more than you can chew'. He also declares he is a friend of the White Man because he was saved and reared to independence by one after his mother was killed.
The Meeting-Pool : V, The White Man's Friend
(p. 101-104)
The Seventh Meeting : At Which the Python Wakes Up, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's
The White Man's child is lost by the meeting pool and python would succeed in killing it if it weren't for Bruang the bear who fights him to death.
The Meeting-Pool : VI, The Great Battle
(p. 107-111)
The Last Meeting : At Which the White Man Tells a Story, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's
The White Man tells a story about the Bendo tree and the white ants then determines there will be no more jungle cut down near where his child was found.
The Meeting-Pool : VII, The Last Meeting
(p. 115-118)
The Tree with the Softest Heart, Mervyn Skipper , 1929 single work children's fiction children's (p. 121-124)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Schuzky u Jezirka
Language: Czech

Works about this Work

Book Reviews 1930 single work review
— Appears in: The Home , 1 February vol. 11 no. 2 1930; (p. 15, 18)

— Review of White Magic Myra Morris 1929 selected work poetry ; As It Was in the Beginning Dulcie Deamer 1929 selected work short story ; The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1929 selected work children's fiction ; Hop of the 'Bulletin' Dorothy June Hopkins 1929 single work biography
Books of the Week 1930 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 8 November 1930; (p. 18)

— Review of The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1929 selected work children's fiction ; Mateship : A Discursive Yarn Henry Lawson 1907 single work short story ; Seventh Heaven : A Joyous Discovery of Europe Nina Murdoch 1930 single work prose ; The White Man's Garden : a tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1930 selected work children's fiction
Some Views, News and Reviews 1929 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 21 October vol. 1 no. 11 1929; (p. 349-350)
Let's Talk About Gift Books Franziska , 1929 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 10 December vol. 6 no. 3 1929; (p. 24)

Discusses giving books as gifts and makes recommendations, from both Australia and overseas, including the publication of the first unabridged version of For the Term of His Natural Life.

Children's Book by Mervyn Skipper Views, News and Reviews 1929 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 20 September vol. 1 no. 10 1929; (p. 313)

— Review of The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1929 selected work children's fiction
A Reader's Notebook Nettie Palmer , 1929 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 5 December vol. 1 no. 13 1929; (p. 405-406)

— Review of To Meet the Sun Robert D. FitzGerald 1926 selected work poetry ; The Book of Beauty H. M. Green 1929 selected work poetry ; The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1929 selected work children's fiction ; A House Is Built M. Barnard Eldershaw 1929 single work novel ; The Madeleine Heritage Martin Mills 1928 single work novel ; Up the Country : A Tale of Early Australian Squattocracy Brent of Bin Bin 1928 single work novel ; The Man Hamilton Vance Palmer 1928 single work novel ; A Diver Went Down Jack McLaren 1929 single work novel
Beginning with an ironic anecdote illustrating that an Australian novel are a 'safe' present because the receiver is sure not to have read it, Palmer goes on to recommend some titles.
Untitled Franziska , 1929 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 22 October vol. 5 no. 48 1929; (p. 24)

— Review of The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1929 selected work children's fiction
A favourable review which recommends the book to children for its whimsical tales. R. W. Coulter was an illustrator for The Australian Woman's Mirror and M. G. Skipper was a 'literary representative' of The Bulletin.
Children's Book by Mervyn Skipper Views, News and Reviews 1929 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 20 September vol. 1 no. 10 1929; (p. 313)

— Review of The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1929 selected work children's fiction
A Reader's Notebook Nettie Palmer , 1929 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 5 December vol. 1 no. 13 1929; (p. 405-406)

— Review of To Meet the Sun Robert D. FitzGerald 1926 selected work poetry ; The Book of Beauty H. M. Green 1929 selected work poetry ; The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1929 selected work children's fiction ; A House Is Built M. Barnard Eldershaw 1929 single work novel ; The Madeleine Heritage Martin Mills 1928 single work novel ; Up the Country : A Tale of Early Australian Squattocracy Brent of Bin Bin 1928 single work novel ; The Man Hamilton Vance Palmer 1928 single work novel ; A Diver Went Down Jack McLaren 1929 single work novel
Beginning with an ironic anecdote illustrating that an Australian novel are a 'safe' present because the receiver is sure not to have read it, Palmer goes on to recommend some titles.
Untitled Franziska , 1929 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 22 October vol. 5 no. 48 1929; (p. 24)

— Review of The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1929 selected work children's fiction
A favourable review which recommends the book to children for its whimsical tales. R. W. Coulter was an illustrator for The Australian Woman's Mirror and M. G. Skipper was a 'literary representative' of The Bulletin.
Book Reviews 1930 single work review
— Appears in: The Home , 1 February vol. 11 no. 2 1930; (p. 15, 18)

— Review of White Magic Myra Morris 1929 selected work poetry ; As It Was in the Beginning Dulcie Deamer 1929 selected work short story ; The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1929 selected work children's fiction ; Hop of the 'Bulletin' Dorothy June Hopkins 1929 single work biography
Books of the Week 1930 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 8 November 1930; (p. 18)

— Review of The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1929 selected work children's fiction ; Mateship : A Discursive Yarn Henry Lawson 1907 single work short story ; Seventh Heaven : A Joyous Discovery of Europe Nina Murdoch 1930 single work prose ; The White Man's Garden : a tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper 1930 selected work children's fiction
Some Views, News and Reviews 1929 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 21 October vol. 1 no. 11 1929; (p. 349-350)
Let's Talk About Gift Books Franziska , 1929 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 10 December vol. 6 no. 3 1929; (p. 24)

Discusses giving books as gifts and makes recommendations, from both Australia and overseas, including the publication of the first unabridged version of For the Term of His Natural Life.

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