Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories


FISH - Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health

Western Australian Premier's Book Award (Shortlisted 2019)Readings Children's Book Prize (Shortlisted 2020)
Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year (Shortlisted 2020)

From a falling star to a lonely whale, an entertaining lizard to an enterprising penguin, these Indigenous stories are full of wonder, adventure and enduring friendships.

Told in the style of traditional teaching stories, these animal tales take young readers on adventures of self-discovery and fulfilment.


'This charming book serves to both entertain and educate, and will provide a wonderful platform for discussion, art and imaginative play.' writingWA

'This delightful collection of eight stories shows animals as protagonists and heroes, and elements of nature (rocks, trees, moons) as possessing personalities and feelings ... these simple and direct stories demonstrate huge amounts of emotional intelligence.' Readings

'Each of the eight stories gives new life to a tale of the environment, helping readers see how each can apply not only to the animals but also the people who inhabit this country.' ReadPlus

'Told in the style of origin myths, with a strong traditional Indigenous influence ... this is a story that can help children to find their hidden strengths ⁠— and to feel proud of them.' Mums at the Table

'The themes of the book are universal for kids anywhere, encouraging them to feel proud of their imagination, energy, optimism, emotional intelligence and family connections.' Fremantle Herald

'Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories is a book of eight stories about love, friendship and nature. Reading them feels like a warm hug on a cold day ... These stories can be used to show children how their differences help to make the world a safer and more joyous place to live.' Magpies

'Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories is a book that engages readers from the very first page. Each of these bite-sized stories is imbued with a timeless quality, and feels as big as a continent.' Readings

About the Author

Dr Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, but was born and educated in Perth. Australia’s first Indigenous doctor, Helen studied medicine at the University of Western Australia and is currently Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UWA, Honorary Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute and a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. Helen was recently appointed as the AFL’s first indigenous commissioner. Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories is her first book for children.

About the Book


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