Paddy O’Melon The Irish Kangaroo

Paddy O’Melon by Julia Cooper

The Irish Kangaroo

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Format: Paperback / softback, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781925335637
Publisher: EK Books
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Paddy O’Melon is the endearing story of a young rainforest kangaroo. Separated from his mother as a young joey, Paddy is found and raised by an Irish family who live in the rainforest and often help orphaned or injured animals.

But while Paddy loves his new human family, he’s curious to find out what he really is. So, he sets out on a journey into the rainforest where he meets a range of other interesting animals; from musky rat-kangaroos to micro-bats, from ringtail possums to flying-foxes.

Despite this, all he really wants is to be reunited with his mother and his own kind. Perhaps the cassowary can tell this little red-legged pademelon who he really is and take him safely home?

Julia Cooper was born in the UK but moved to Queensland, Australia, where she worked in wildlife education and rehabilitation. Together with her partner, Martin Cohen, she was always busy caring for native animals ranging from flying-foxes to pademelons, wallabies to micro-bats, possums to bandicoots. Julia’s passion was also for educating people, especially children, about the wonders of the natural world and the need for us to look after our native wildlife. Sadly, in 2011 Julia passed away from an auto-immune disease, leaving this story as part of her legacy. By publishing this book, her partner Martin hopes to keep both Julia’s spirit and message alive. 

Daryl Dickson is an award-winning painter and illustrator with a passion for the natural environment and native wildlife rehabilitation. Originally from London, she now lives in Far North Queensland, where she divides her time between her art and working to save the endangered mahogany glider.

Format: Paperback / softback, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781925335637
Illustrations: 35 color illustrations
Size: 8.5 in x 11.25 in / 215.9 mm x 285.75 mm
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