The timeless educational value of Aesop's Fables appealed to her, but her children and grandchildren struggled to grasp the concepts clothed as they were in northern hemisphere animals and objects that modern people never come across in daily life. So she began making lists of Australian animals and their characteristics, and matching them up to the various values the timeless stories inspired, eg courage, perseverance. Then after re-writing the stories in easy to understand language and adding some new ones, she began the work of illustrating them. That involved choosing the most engaging scene from the story and doing lots of research into what Australian animals look like (how many toes does a kangaroo have?).
The result is Fabulous Aussie Fables, and if interest is strong there may be a sequel.
To learn more about Julie's book, visit https://primaryethicssupportmaterial.wordpress.com/ or watch the book trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79ZQOaY68PI