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Volume 2 of a two volume set entitled The Blinky Bill Collection, the first volume of which is a biography, Dorothy Wall, the Creator of Blinky Bill.
Dedication: 'Dedicated to my son Peter and all other Peters and Johns and Bobs and Toms and Marys and Bettys and Joans and Pats and all kind children.'
* Contents derived from the North Ryde,Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area,Northwest Sydney,Sydney,New South Wales,:Angus and Robertson,1988 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Blinky Bill plays soldiers in the bush with his friends: frogs, tadpoles, and rabbits. Some Australian soldiers, who are looking for a mascot, see Blinky drilling his 'army' and ask him to be the mascot for Australian soldiers in Sydney. Not knowing what a mascot is, Blinky Bill at first refuses. Later, as he prepares to leave his home, Blinky celebrates with his mother and his bush friends in various celebrations.
Unable to sleep, Blinky Bill sneaks out of his tree as Mrs Koala and Nutsy sleep soundly. He heads down to the stream on Farmer Brown's property, where he is surprised to meet up with his friends Splodge the Kangaroo and Wally the Wombat. Blinky Bill wants to fish in the stream, but his friends say that he won't be able to catch fish from the bank. They decide to borrow Farmer Brown's boat. The three friends set off in the boat, and strife ensues.
'Taking a character out of Blinky Bill, The Quaint Little Australian (1933), Angelina Wallaby, [Dorothy Wall] added Chum, a small boy, and Flip, the "biggest and bulgiest frog in the bush", and Um-Pig to create Stout Fellows [...] The four friends travel through the bush to Long Ago to find Chum's home' (Oxford Companion to Australian Children's Literature 437).