First published in 1896 with an introduction by Andrew Lang, this new edition, according to the foreword, ""...has been made from four books. Some of the stories are...fairy tales pure and simple. Many explain also the beginnings of things.... Many of the longer stories, especially those about Baiame the All Father...were religious."" Mrs. Parker grew up and lived among aboriginals and her collection of their traditional stories was among the first to be made. The illustrations by Elisabeth Durack are done, according to her foreword note, in the aboriginal manner with themes borrowed from aborigines' paintings and carvings. Although individual tales appear from time to time in international roundups of stories and there have been some picture book separates, the folklore of Australia is not generally accessible and this edition should fill that gap.