A touching autobiographical account of the bond between an Aboriginal boy and his kangaroo in a small country town in New South Wales. I remember all those things, like magic moths with rainbow wings and spider webs with pearly due, but the memory I love most is when I was a little boy and used to play with my friend Mary Kangaroo ... A celebration of a special friendship, Me and Mary Kangaroo is a story for all ages, a lyrical, moving tale to be shared again and again. Shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children's Literature Award (Junior Section) About the Author Kevin Gilbert descends from English/Irish stock on one side and from the tribes of the Kamilaroi and the Wiradjuri nation in central New South Wales on the other. Orphaned at the age of seven, Gilbert's childhood and adolescent experiences would quickly come to define his understanding of Australian race relations. In 1957 Gilbert was sentenced to life imprisonment for the unintentional killing of his wife. It was here in prison where he educated himself and developed his writing and artistry in oils and lino-cut, poetry and dramatic works. Kevin Gilbert was born in the small country town of Condobolin in New South Wales. Directly descended from Aboriginal, Irish, English stock, he lived in Aboriginal reserves and fringe settlements until 1957 when he was sentenced to penal servitude for life on a charge of murder. He served fourteen and a half years under the NSW prison system. In spite of those tough years he became the first Aboriginal playwright. His play about Aboriginal seasonal workers is called 'The Cherry Pickers'. He was a poet, a great talker, an oils artist, and wrote 'Because A White Man'll Never Do It', the first major political work by an Aboriginal person, and 'Living Black', an Aboriginal oral history. He died in 1993. Increasingly recognised and acknowledged as a leading Australian literary and political figure, Gilbert was awarded the National Book Cou
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Book Description Puffin, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140323147