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The Rainbow Serpent : Australian Children's Classics - Dick Roughsey

The Rainbow Serpent

Australian Children's Classics

Paperback Published: 1st January 1992
ISBN: 9780207174339
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old

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There are innumerable names and stories associated with the Rainbow Serpent, all of which communicate the significance of this being within Aboriginal traditions. Dreamtime stories tell how the Rainbow Serpent came from beneath the ground and created huge ridges, mountains and gorges as it pushed upward. The name also reflects the snake-like meandering of water across a landscape and the color spectrum sometimes caused by sunlight hitting the water. Paintings of the Rainbow Serpent first appeared in Arnhem Land rock art more than 6000 years ago, and perhaps as early as 8000 years before the present, as the seas rose after the last Ice Age. Today the Rainbow Serpent is associated with ceremonies about fertility and abundance, as well as the organisation of the community and the keeping of peace.

I would recommend this product to all schools


I am preschool teacher children love this story

Cowra NSW


Great book poor service from Booktopia


Postage took weeks and i missed sending the book as a present to Europe for Christmas cost me another $50



Excellent book for kids


Because my little great-niece has it at her pre-school and loves it, I decided to buy it for her own little collection that I am making for her. Even though it was delivered later than expected it was worth the wait for the smile on her face when she received it. Thank you.

Newcastle, AU


This book holds Power.


I had tears in my eyes when listening on YouTube, to this book being narrated by an aboriginal man (author?) with didgeridoo playing in background.In buying the book for my friend's young son,it still holds that living Power through Dick Roughsey's words and illustrations. However I'm concerned there are spelling and punctuation mistakes in the text even after it's long publishing history since 1975.

Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia


For older children


This is the traditional story about the rainbow serpent with terrific illustrations. It is a lot more wordy than I expected, so would be better for older readers.



The Rainbow Serpent

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ISBN: 9780207174339
ISBN-10: 0207174334
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 January 1992
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 23.9  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Type: New edition