Meet Banjo Paterson

Banjo cover

The poetry of Banjo
Paterson is part of the Australian 
cultural DNA…This charming little picture book introduces a new generation of Australians to the man who wrote Waltzing Matilda’  Sydney Daily Telegraph

‘Using quotes from Paterson’s poems, Kristin Weidenbach cleverly tells the story of how Banjo Paterson came to fame, as well as the inspiration behind his poems in a way that is accessible and entertaining to children’  Kids Book Review

‘The text focuses heavily on Banjo’s love of horses and his early experiences of life in the bush. These memories morph into the humorous and heroic poems he later writes as an adult’  Magpies magazine

About the book

Banjo Paterson is one of Australia’s most loved poets. This is the story of how he came to write his legendary ballads The Man from Snowy River, Clancy of the Overflow, Mulga Bill’s Bicycle and Waltzing Matilda.

The text is simple enough to be read independently by junior primary students. The timeline at the back offers additional information on Andrew Barton Paterson, who named himself ‘The Banjo’ after a horse he used to ride.

Australian readers will recognise Banjo Paterson as the man on the $10 note.

Meet Banjo Paterson is part of the picture book series from Random House featuring people who have shaped Australia’s history, including Mary MacKillop, Douglas Mawson, Captain Cook, Ned Kelly, Nancy Bird Walton and the ANZACS.


Illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock

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