"I will show you how to play with the ocean,"Said Malu-Kangaroo.He took some woodAnd he worked it,And he shaped it and rubbed itand smoothed it,And he floated it upon the water... Described by the author as a modern myth, Malu- Kangaroo is a poignant story which tells of how people first learnt to surf. Malu-Kangaroo, a kangaroo spirit, carves a piece of wood and takes it to some children playing on a beach. He floats it on the water and shows them how to use it. The children learn to balance and guide the board through the waves, "riding the high crests" and "flying before the crashing breakers". With beautiful, evocative text and vibrant, intricate illustrations by acclaimed indigenous artist Bronwyn Bancroft, Malu-Kangaroo combines Dreamtime and contemporary imagery.
Judith Morecroft grew up in East Gippsland. She worked for many years in teaching and in educational administration. Nowadays she lives on the Mornington Peninsula with her husband and has two children and two grandchildren. Malu Kangaroo is her first published children's story. Bronwyn Bancroft is an Aboriginal artist and designer whose artworks have been collected and shown by galleries throughout Australia and around the world. A descendant of the Bundjalung people, Bronwyn has illustrated several children's books, including Big Rain Coming (by Katrina Germein) and Patterns of Australia (published by Little Hare Books).