y How Crows Became Black single work   picture book   children's   Indigenous story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1992 1992
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Wongutha story from Eastern Goldfields of how silver-grey crows became black and how the salt lakes were made by the tears of the crows. The story explains how the crows who were grey, wanted to change color because no one liked their silver-grey feathers. They felt left out and thought if they were black they would be accepted. (Source: LibrariesAustralia)

Notes

  • Bi-lingual text combining English and Wongutha.
  • Includes pronunciation glossary for Wongutha words used in story.
  • Teaching kit available.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • South Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Sandcastle Books , 1992 .
      Extent: 36p.
      Description: col. illus., map
      Reprinted: 1993 , 1996 , 1998 , 1999
      ISBN: 1863680276
    • South Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1992 .
      Extent: 36p.
      Description: col. illus., map
      ISBN: 1863680276 (pbk)
  • Appears in:
    y Bawoo Stories May L. O'Brien , Angela Leaney (illustrator), Sue Wyatt (illustrator), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2008 Z1507459 2008 selected work picture book children's Indigenous story

    'Four wonderful traditional teaching stories of the Wongutha people are collected together here for the first time: 'Barn Barn Barlala', 'The Kangaroos Who Wanted to be People', 'How Crows Became Black', 'Why the Emu Can't Fly'.

    First published as individual titles in 1992, these stories were ground-breaking publications, presenting traditional Indigenous stories in a bi-lingual text. Sales of the individual titles now exceed 26,000 copies each. Updated with a vibrant new design, the stories are still as fresh and appealing as ever. The collected work contains a map, explanatory note and a simple pronunciation guide for the Wongutha words used in the text.' (Source: Fremantle Press website)

    Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2008

Works about this Work

Untitled Don Pemberton , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 8 no. 3 1993; (p. 30)

— Review of How Crows Became Black May L. O'Brien 1992 single work picture book ; Barn-Barn Barlala : The Bush Trickster May L. O'Brien 1992 single work picture book ; The Kangaroos Who Wanted to Be People May L. O'Brien 1992 single work picture book ; Why the Emu Can't Fly May L. O'Brien 1992 single work picture book
Untitled Don Pemberton , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 8 no. 3 1993; (p. 30)

— Review of How Crows Became Black May L. O'Brien 1992 single work picture book ; Barn-Barn Barlala : The Bush Trickster May L. O'Brien 1992 single work picture book ; The Kangaroos Who Wanted to Be People May L. O'Brien 1992 single work picture book ; Why the Emu Can't Fly May L. O'Brien 1992 single work picture book
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