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Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 Crocodile Story
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An illustrated story of true heroism from Cape York Peninsula. Back in the 1940s, a young mother and her baby, fishing in a bark canoe near Aurukun, were taken by a crocodile. The bravery of her father-in-law meant that they both lived to tell the story. The badly injured mother, Eva, died only last year.

Samuel Pootchemunka received an award for his bravery, but has long since passed away.
Garry Namponan's paintings dramatically recreate the characters and set the scene vividly in the Archer River estuary in Cape York.

Notes

  • 'This book is dedicated to Eva Pootchemunka and her father in law Samuel Pootchemunka. This is a true story of heroism and survival.' Source: Back cover.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Thuringowa, Townsville area, Marlborough - Mackay - Townsville area, Queensland,: Black Ink Press , 2007 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Black Ink Press
      Extent: 48p.
      Description: col. illus.
      ISBN: 9781863340267

Works about this Work

Untitled Sally Murphy , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 53 no. 2 2009; (p. 27-28)

— Review of Crocodile Story Eva Pootchemunka , Pat Pootchemunka , 2007 single work oral history ; Moon Story Jack Bell , 2007 single work life story
Aurukun Artists Create Two New Story Books 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Torres News , 19 - 25 March no. 803 2008; (p. 9)
"Now people everywhere have the chance to read about the real Aurukun heroes and see how the past and the present cannot be separated." Jeanie Adams (Torres News 19-25 March, 2008)
With Respect 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 12 March no. 421 2008; (p. 45)

— Review of Crocodile Story Eva Pootchemunka , Pat Pootchemunka , 2007 single work oral history ; Moon Story Jack Bell , 2007 single work life story
With Respect 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 12 March no. 421 2008; (p. 45)

— Review of Crocodile Story Eva Pootchemunka , Pat Pootchemunka , 2007 single work oral history ; Moon Story Jack Bell , 2007 single work life story
Untitled Sally Murphy , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 53 no. 2 2009; (p. 27-28)

— Review of Crocodile Story Eva Pootchemunka , Pat Pootchemunka , 2007 single work oral history ; Moon Story Jack Bell , 2007 single work life story
Aurukun Artists Create Two New Story Books 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Torres News , 19 - 25 March no. 803 2008; (p. 9)
"Now people everywhere have the chance to read about the real Aurukun heroes and see how the past and the present cannot be separated." Jeanie Adams (Torres News 19-25 March, 2008)
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