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About the Story

A story of friendship, betrayal and, finally, hope – set in the harshness of the Australian desert landscape. 

Magpie and Dog are unlikely friends.  A burnt wing and a missing eye make them reliant upon each other – their connection reminds us that being considerate and compassionate is important. 

Enter the outsider, Fox - a cunning animal whose loneliness and jealousy lead him to carry out a heartless act. John Higginson reads this Margaret Wild & Ron Brooks’ classic with a powerful insight that is sure to stir deep emotions.

(Warning – Themes explored in this book may not be suitable for younger children. Please refer to suggested Age Level)


*captions available.
*included in the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 5-6 and 7-9 lists.
*included in the VIC Premier's Reading Challenge 5-6 list.
*included in the SA Premier's Reading Challenge 6-9 list.

Story Details



Animal Stories, Cooperation, Emotions, Friendship, Hope, NSW PRC, SA PRC, VIC PRC

Suitable for

Middle Primary (8-10yrs), Upper Primary (10-12yrs)



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