How Mother Kangaroo Got Her Pouch

National Museum of Australia
Rebecca Beetson, illustrated by Paul Lalo
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Age range Up to 6

How Mother Kangaroo Got Her Pouch follows Mother Bunda and her spirited little joey, Baabay, as they adventure across the vast Australian landscape where they meet Wambad, the wise old wombat. When Mother Kangaroo’s bravery and quick thinking save Baabay and Wambad from hunters, Wambad repays their kindness with an unexpected gift that will change their lives forever.

A combination of ancient First Nations storytelling and exciting adventure tale, How Mother Kangaroo Got Her Pouch is the second in a series of five picture books featuring stories from Australia, inspired by the National Museum of Australia’s immersive play space for children — the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre.

Contributor Bio

Rebecca Beetson is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, author and artist whose family and ancestors are traditional custodians of lands in Dubbo and Morree New South Wales. Teaching, storytelling and sharing culture are central to Rebecca’s creative practice. With more than a decade of experience in painting, she has sold over 200 artworks and produced public art commissions, including murals. Her art is held in both private and corporate collections.

Paul Lalo was born in France and, in 2004, arrived in Australia to study animation at the Queensland College of Art. Paul has worked as a director, animator and motion designer for TV commercials, music videos and documentaries. Paul is co-founder of Melbourne-based animation boutique Soymilk Studio which specialises in stop-motion and motion design.