WALTZING MATILDA by A. B. Paterson
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WALTZING MATILDA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this beautiful picture book from Australia, Desmond Digby gives a softly luminous outback setting and a good deal of expressive vitality to the old rhyme about the swagman in the Billabong who stows a jumbuck in his tuckerbag, then drowns himself trying to escape the police: ""And his ghost may be heard as it sings in the Billabong, 'Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?'"" A glossary is appended but hardly needed as the pictures bring out not only what's meant by the words but also what's been hiding there between the lines all along. Fair dinkum.

Pub Date: March 30th, 1972
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston