"This is a story about a boy called Pender and a kangaroo called Brindabella, about how they became friends, and all the things that happened to them because of it."

Ursula's new novel, illustrated by Andrew Joyner, was inspired by the landscape and homestead of Bundanon  and is based on the libretto of Leos Janacek's opera "The Cunning Little Vixen", re-imagined in the Australian bush.

The forest looms dark, deep and mysterious, or so it appears to people, especially poets and painters, who enter it alone. They feel sadness and sometimes even the kind of strange fear one feels in childhood: a fear of nothing.

Rudolf Tesnohlidek
The Cunning Little Vixen

Click here for Ursula's article in "The Age" on Rudolf Tesnohlidek the Czech author  of the original story of "The Cunning Little Vixen"

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Click here for teachers' notes.

Click here for a new unit of work on the novel “Brindabella”, produced by the Primary English Teaching Association Australia, aimed at children in years 3 and 4.

 

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