The Lost Tail

The Lost Tail

by Patricia Bernard and Tricia Oktober

The Bundi Boys dance group will perform their snake dance in the dance competition at the Goroka Show. Little Nura will carry the snake’s tail in the dance, but what happens when the snake loses its tail?

About the Goroka Show

Each year, groups from all over Papua New Guinea take part in the Goroka Show. This colourful cultural gathering attracts thousands of participants in a celebration of Papua New Guinea’s diverse tribal rituals, talents, music and dances.

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ISBN: 9781921665868
Publication date: Feb 1 2013
Extent: 32 pages
Format: Portrait picture book
Price: AUD $22.95
Category: Picture book
Age guide: 5 - 10

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About the Author

Patricia Bernard left Australia when she was nineteen. During the next twenty years she sailed up the Nile, worked in Berlin during the closing of the Berlin wall, met Mohammed the 5th of Morocco in the Sahara Desert, travelled through Alaska in winter in a sports car, fell in love with a Spanish matador, married in Jamaica, hitch-hiked with her one-year-old daughter around Japan and Korea just after the Korean War, became stranded on the Niagara Falls Bridge without a passport, visited Lhasa in Tibet, was among the first Australians to visit China in the seventies, and was the first NSW resident given a visa for Cuba. She has worked and travelled in many places. She loves travel, science fiction, children and cinema.

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About the Illustrator


A children's book illustrator, Tricia Oktober is renowned for her drawings of Australian flora and fauna. Her books have depicted bush, forest, reef and wetland environments. A Dictionary of Women Artists of Australia (1991) edited by Max Germaine describes her as a 'Surrealist painter, self-taught.' In the 1970s she exhibited in Australia, Canada and France. Tricia lives in the Blue Mountains, NSW.