Dot and the Kangaroo

Dot and the Kangaroo - storybook walk

Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley

Written by Ethel Pedley, illustrated by Frank P Mahony. Published by Angus and Robertson.

Artwork by Lorelei Medcalf, 2015. 

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A story of a little girl Dot, who gets lost in the bush. She is found by a kind kangaroo who befriends her and helps her find her way home.

"And your path is well cleared for your progress, I vouch,
When you ride through the bush in a kangaroo’s pouch.
Oh! where is a friend so strong and true
As a dear, big, bounding kangaroo?"


Meet the Artist: Lorelei Medcalf

Lorelei MedcalfLorelei Medcalf is a South Australian artist and illustrator. She completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts at Adelaide College of the Arts where she now teaches printmaking and works as a studio technician.

Lorelei's creative practice is diverse but her big love is printmaking. She makes intricate wood engravings, large steel plate etchings, and tiny monoprints on handmade paper and bound as artist books. Birds and nature feature prominently in her work.

In 2011 she was awarded the People’s Choice Award and the Raffen award for an installation and series of etchings at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition. She regularly participates in Australian and international print exchanges, and her work is held in public and private collections throughout Australia.

The ‘Dot and the Kangaroo’ Hopscotch started with small pen and ink drawings that have been digitally manipulated and sandblasted on to Adelaide black granite. Each stone represents an encounter that Dot has with an Australian animal on her search for home.