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Mulga Bill's Bicycle : Australian Children's Classics - A.B. Paterson

Mulga Bill's Bicycle

Australian Children's Classics

By: A.B. Paterson, Deborah Niland (Illustrator), Kilmeny Niland (Illustrator)

Paperback

Published: 1st November 1993
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old
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′Mulga Bill′s Bicycle′ was written by Banjo Paterson in 1896. It was written at a time when cycling was a relatively new and popular social activity. Cycles were ridden everywhere, including in the outback by shearers and other workers who needed to travel cheaply.

It tells the hilarious story of Mulga Bill, who thinks he′s much better at cycling than he turns out to be. A resounding crash sends him back to his original mode of transport - his trusty horse.

Kilmeny and Deborah Niland′s delightful illustrations catch the mood and humour of Paterson′s verse with great spirit, and this book has become an enduring classic.

About the Author

Andrew Barton Paterson (1864-1941) was an Australian folk poet popularly known as "Banjo" Paterson from his pen name, "The Banjo." His swinging rhythms captured the atmosphere of the land, life, and humor of Australia's people.

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    It's a great story to read to kids.

     
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      This is definitely a classic. Cleverly written by Banjo Paterson and beautifully illustrated by the Nilands. Read this when I was young and read this to my children. Love this book.

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        An essential part of Australian culture. Rhyming story appeals to children ( & adults). Great fun

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        A. B.

        Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson (17 February 1864 - 5 February 1941) was an Australian bush journalist and author. He was popularly known as "Banjo" Paterson from his pen name, "The Banjo".
        He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong, New South Wales where he spent much of his childhood.
        He best known for his rousing folk classics The Man from Snowy River and Waltzing Matilda, is widely acknowledged as Australia’s greatest and most popular balladist. His poems, written with great gusto and humour, celebrate all the romance and rough-and-tumble of old Australia.

        Banjo Paterson was born at Narambla, near Orange, New South Wales, the eldest son of a Scottish immigrant from Lanarkshire on February 17, 1864. Paterson's family lived on the isolated Buckinbah Station until he was 5. When Paterson's uncle died, his family took over the uncle's farm in Illalong, near Yass. When Paterson turned 10 he was sent to school at Sydney Grammar School, performing well both as a student and a sportsman. Leaving school at 16, he took up the role of an articled clerk in a law firm and by the age of 23 Paterson was a fully qualified solicitor.

        In 1885, Paterson began submitting and having his poetry published in the Sydney edition of The Bulletin under the pseudonym of "The Banjo", the name of a favourite horse. Paterson, like The Bulletin, was an ardent nationalist, and in 1889 published a pamphlet, Australia for the Australians which told of his disdain for cheap labour and his admiration of hard work and the nationalist spirit. In 1890, The Banjo wrote The Man from Snowy River, a poem which caught the heart of the nation, and in 1895 had a collection of his works published under that name. This book is the most sold collection of Australian Bush poetry and is still being reprinted today. A B (Banjo) Paterson also became a journalist, lawyer, jockey, soldier and a farmer.

        In 1903 he married Alice Walker in Tenterfield. Their first home was in Queen Street, Woollahra. The Patersons had two children, Grace born in 1904 and Hugh born in 1906. He would later become a war correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald during the Second Boer War, the Boxer Rebellion and World War I.

        Visit A. B. "Banjo" Paterson's Booktopia Author Page


        ISBN: 9780207172847
        ISBN-10: 0207172846
        Series: Australian Children's Classics
        Audience: Children
        For Ages: 5 - 7 years old
        For Grades: K - 3
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 32
        Published: 1st November 1993
        Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 24.1  x 0.4
        Weight (kg): 0.16