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Billycanand39s Tale of Two Crocodiles
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Alistair Pirie is a Melbourne based writer and sculptor who grew up in the then-unfashionable ,working class western suburbs of Melbourne. He takes inspiration from his childhood growing up in a time when children had a stronger connection to their environment. He aims to encourage the next generation to care for the land as the original people cared for it, to try and restore it to something like its original condition. This book is the first in a series which follows the adventures of the children and other people and animals which they encounter on their way.

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Billycan's Tail of Two Crocodiles

By Alistair Pirie

RRP: $14.95
ISBN: 9781922594198
Five children meet a mysterious stranger named Peter Billycan, who directs them into a tunnel to discover an underground river system. And this is where the adventures begin...

Descending the tunnel, the group board a ferry boat, captained by a salty old sea dog, where they are swept away on a wild ride. The children witness two crocodiles having a fight. They are afraid at first, but the crocodiles turn out to be friendly and carry them to an Aboriginal camp on the seashore where they meet a small Aboriginal boy fishing from a bark canoe.

The boy's tribe welcomes the children, and they learn how the Aboriginals live. A series of thrilling adventures follow where they become aware of the environmental damage caused to coastal wetlands.

You are invited to join the adventures of Billycan's five heroes who find adventures of learning, understanding and compassion for the world they had visited with Billycan's help... and never would it be forgotten.

The writer acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which this story is based the Yalukit-Willam people members of the Kulin nation and wishes to pay his respects to their elders' past, present and future and apologises for any factual inaccuracies which may inadvertently be contained in this story.

"A marvellous adventure for learning and fun...what a great book for Australian kids to love and the world to learn about this great country and culture...well done Alistair for a thoughtful and enjoyable tale of young adventure..." Craig, Indie Book reviewer

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