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Story Talks with Boori Monty Pryor

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09 November 2020

Close your eyes and listen as famed storyteller Boori Monty Pryor takes us on an incredibly imaginative journey.

Previous winner of the CBCA Book of the Year award for My Girragundji, Boori’s tales take us camping in Queensland, playing with frogs, and deep into beautiful and mysterious mangroves where danger lurks.

This three-part video series features Auslan interpretation. Each video ends with an engaging activity to activate and inspire young writers.

Perfect for classrooms and remote learning, and suitable for ages 6–12.

The Story Talks series is supported by Gandel Philanthropy.

Pauline Gandel Children's Quarter, also supported by Gandel Philanthropy, is a purpose-built space for children and families to read, learn and play, with an associated program of activities.

Watch Boori Monty Pryor Story Talks


Part 1: Family stories Boori and Tess are joined by Auslan interpreter, Amber. Boori tells us about where he grew up, and how his ‘tricky’ mum used stories to keep him and his ten siblings under control. He teaches us that if we listen carefully, stories can make us strong. Activity: Families love to tell stories - which ones are important to you?

Part 2: My Girragundji In 1998, Boori’s book My Girragundji won the CBCA Book of the Year award! Boori tells us how a football match, a bored little girl, and a childhood pet frog led to the creation of My Girragundji; and how, 20 years on, the book continues to bring comfort to its readers. Activity: When you’re feeling worried or scared, what brings you courage?

Part 3: The Mangroves Boori takes us up North with a scary story about his favourite place - the beautiful and mysterious mangroves, where danger lurks… Activity: Why do people love scary stories - can you tell one?

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