y The Story of the Falling Star single work   picture book   children's  
Note: Told by Elsie Rose Jones with drawings by Doug Jones and collages by Karin Donaldson.
Issue Details: First known date: 1989... 1989 The Story of the Falling Star
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

A story from the Paakantji people of the Darling River. The story is so old that the people do not know how old it is. Malkarra was a special kind of person. He told the Paakantji people something bad was going to happen, they didn't trust him. If only they had listened to Malkarra they would have been gone when the star fell. (Source: backcover)

Notes

  • Dedication: This book is dedicated to the memory of five much loved members of our people who helped with the making of the book but did not live to see it finished.
  • Includes: Sounds, spellings and meanings, and List of people who appear in the story.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: Aboriginal Studies Press , 1989 .
      Extent: 92p.
      Description: illus., ports., maps
      Note/s:
      • Photography by Karin Donaldson and Anthony Pease

        Decorated Maps by Murray Butcher

      ISBN: 0855751991

Works about this Work

You've Come a Long Way, Baby : Multicultural Literature for Children Wendy Morgan , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Language and Literacy , November vol. 18 no. 4 1995; (p. 270-281)
Book Reviews Michelle Huet , 1992 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 1992; (p. 95-97)

These four books are undeniably Aboriginal in nature and are all important books but there the similarities end. They present three different perspectives. The Legend of the Seven Sisters and Wunambi are traditional stories from Western Australia written by May O'Brien and illustrated by Sue Wyatt with a definite educational purpose. Pigs and Honey, written and illustrated by a non-Aboriginal person, Jeanie Adams, gives an insight into the life of the Aurukun community on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. The Story of the Falling Star is not only a traditional story but also a story about the Paakantji people and their land in the Darling River area of New South Wales. It is told by one of their own people, Elsie Jones, in collaboration with the Western Regional Aboriginal Land Council.' (Introduction)

Retelling the Original Stories of This Continent David Headon , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 September 1991; (p. C9)

— Review of The Story of the Falling Star Elsie Rose Jones 1989 single work picture book
The Story of the Falling Star Isobel White , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , vol. 14 no. 2 1990; (p. 239-240)

— Review of The Story of the Falling Star Elsie Rose Jones 1989 single work picture book
Book Notes [17 March 1990] 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 March 1990; (p. 80)
The Story of the Falling Star Isobel White , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , vol. 14 no. 2 1990; (p. 239-240)

— Review of The Story of the Falling Star Elsie Rose Jones 1989 single work picture book
Memories Tap the Past Morag Loh , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 117 1989-1990; (p. 9)

— Review of The Story of the Falling Star Elsie Rose Jones 1989 single work picture book
The Telling of the Falling Star Heather Goodall , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Editions , September no. 8-9 1990; (p. 12-13)

— Review of The Story of the Falling Star Elsie Rose Jones 1989 single work picture book
Retelling the Original Stories of This Continent David Headon , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 September 1991; (p. C9)

— Review of The Story of the Falling Star Elsie Rose Jones 1989 single work picture book
You've Come a Long Way, Baby : Multicultural Literature for Children Wendy Morgan , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Language and Literacy , November vol. 18 no. 4 1995; (p. 270-281)
Book Notes [17 March 1990] 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 March 1990; (p. 80)
Book Reviews Michelle Huet , 1992 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 1992; (p. 95-97)

These four books are undeniably Aboriginal in nature and are all important books but there the similarities end. They present three different perspectives. The Legend of the Seven Sisters and Wunambi are traditional stories from Western Australia written by May O'Brien and illustrated by Sue Wyatt with a definite educational purpose. Pigs and Honey, written and illustrated by a non-Aboriginal person, Jeanie Adams, gives an insight into the life of the Aurukun community on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. The Story of the Falling Star is not only a traditional story but also a story about the Paakantji people and their land in the Darling River area of New South Wales. It is told by one of their own people, Elsie Jones, in collaboration with the Western Regional Aboriginal Land Council.' (Introduction)

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