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Storytelling and Drama

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Are These Your Glasses?

Author(s): Gavin McCormack (click on the author's name for more titles)

Are These Your Glasses? tells the tale of, Sergio, a lonely penguin who is faced with many hurdles as he grows up. Sergio is a champion against bullying. With his father as a guide, he learns some valuable lessons.These lessons help him to show great determination and strength as he tries to find true friendship.

The book has been designed to inspire deep conversations within the classroom and home about what it feels like to be excluded. It explains how we can overcome bullying with care and love.

The story of Sergio has the potential to educate children on a variety of levels. It inspires deep conversations about what it feels like to be excluded from a group and teaches children that the gift of kindness is the greatest gift of all.

As Sergio embarks on his quest for love, the sky ‘Aurora Australis’ changes its colour depending on his emotional state. This should allow those children who find it difficult to express their emotions in words to relate to Sergio’s situation. The book has a strong moral focus with many fine details and inferential clues within the beautiful illustrations which can be great discussion starters with children. And to top it all off, it has a beautiful ending.

The book is supported by detailed guides for parents and educators to assist them to extend the learning with the children in their care.

About the author
Gavin McCormack is a primary school teacher based in Sydney Australia who wants to make a difference. As a child, he was bullied at school. The feeling of the bullying he faced stayed with him well into his adult life. After working with children for almost 20 years, he has seen patterns emerging, especially in those children who are socially excluded. He decided to write this book to eradicate social exclusion in primary schools and to educate young people about the long-term effects of bullying and exclusion.

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RRP $29.95

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Dance, Shaba, Dance and Other Puppet Stories

Author(s): Yvonne Winer (click on the author's name for more titles)

This beautiful book, illustrated in full colour, is the first in a series of companion books to Stories for Telling. Rhymes, Puppets, Drama. The stories in this book, are written for participation, reading aloud, puppet telling, felt and magnetic boards, and sand trays. Many are invitations to dramatise, to dance, or create music. Most of the stories are illustrated with puppets constructed from a diverse range of materials.

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RRP $20.00

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Felt Board Fingerplays
With Patterns and Activities

Author(s): Dick Wilmes, Liz Wilmes (click on the author's name for more titles)

Make 50 popular fingerplays come alive with felt characters, all with full-size patterns. Each fingerplay is accompanied by games and activities to extend the learning and play even more.

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RRP $38.95

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Felt Board Fun
For Everyday & Holidays

Author(s): Dick Wilmes, Liz Wilmes (click on the author's name for more titles)

The many topics and stories in this book bring the flannel board to life and engage children in interactive learning experiences. With over 600 patterns including people, animals, food, numbers and letters, children learn about seasons, holidays, feelings, body awareness, animals, shapes and more.

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Liam’s Story: So why do I wear Dad’s medals?

Author(s): Marg Baber, Madeline Fussell, Kim Porter (click on the author's name for more titles)

Liam’s Story is a true story and the people in the pictures are the real characters in the story. Liam’s Story deals with the feelings experienced by one young boy, whose father was killed on active duty in a recent conflict, as he goes about his day on ANZAC Day. As well as exploring empathy and resilience in young readers, it explains a difficult concept such as war and the effect it has on children and families.

Liam’s Story: So why do I wear Dad’s medals? is also about ANZAC Day, yet it can be used as a resource all-year round when discussing issues of war and loss with children. The authors have included references to both Australia and New Zealand throughout. With the ANZAC centenary this year, the book should prove especially popular yet it is not tied to the centenary and so can be used as a classroom resource for years to come.

The book is designed to be read on three levels. If reading to a very young child, you can simply read the text in the yellow banner across the top of the page. If reading to a slightly older child, that yellow banner text flows into the text beneath it in the blue section of the page. The addition of the fact boxes make it an ideal learning resource as well as these link in with the early primary history and social sciences curriculum.

Extension activities and teaching notes will be available on our website as a resource for educators and families. Liam’s Story is based on research conducted by the authors through the University of New England.

‘We live in a world where the consequences of war are all around us; where families and children who have been traumatised by violence live in our street and attend our schools. As educators, parents, friends, community members we can support children and families; we can show that we acknowledge their experiences, empathise with their struggle and believe in their ability to stay strong and build happy lives despite the trauma. In a perfect world, children would never have to face the loss of a parent. In our less than perfect world, we need resources such as this book to make us aware, and to help us think what we might do to help make this world we live in a little better.’
Margaret Sims, Professor of Early Childhood, University of New England

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RRP $24.95

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Shadow, Shadow
Shadow Puppets, Shadow Puppet Plays

Author(s): Yvonne Winer (click on the author's name for more titles)

This book is beautifully illustrated and contains seven culturally diverse stories that have been specially selected for shadow puppets. It provides teachers with easy to follow instructions and encourages both teachers and children to create their own stories and puppets.

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RRP $25.00

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Show of Hands, A
Using Puppets With Young Children

Author(s): Ingrid M Crepeau, M Ann Richards (click on the author's name for more titles)

A Show of Hands presents ways for you to use puppets as developmentally appropriate teaching tools. Seven chapters illustrate how the use of puppets can support emergent literacy skills, introduce children's literature, and assist in lesson plan development. Includes instructions for designing, constructing or purchasing your own puppets, as well as how puppets may be used with children with special needs.

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RRP $56.95

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Stepping Stones to Stories, Songs and Rhymes

Author(s): Bridie Raban, Kay Margetts, Judith Harries (click on the author's name for more titles)

A great resource for exploring a wide range of traditional and modern stories, songs and nursery rhymes. An essential tool for developing children’s memory and creative listening skills.

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RRP $24.95

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Stories for Telling
Rhymes, Puppets, Drama

Author(s): Yvonne Winer (click on the author's name for more titles)

"Stories for Telling is a wonderful resource for all early childhood professionals. Yvonne Winer provides the reader with a wealth of stories, ideas and wisdom that will inspire your imagination and encourage you to step into the magical world of storytelling. The stories are set out in such a way that they are easy to follow with the ideas, actions and colour photographs supporting the overall theme of the book, enthralling and magical."

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RRP $69.95

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Story Play
Building Language and Literacy One Story at a Time

Author(s): Mary Jo Huff (click on the author's name for more titles)

Story Play encourages even the most inexperienced teacher, librarian, child care professional or family member to become a storyteller with ideas for expanding stories into meaningful learning experiences. Learn how to make simple storytelling props — including a Storytelling Tool Box, a Story Box, and a Story Wall — that adults and children can use to expand the pleasure of simple stories and longer stories

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RRP $38.95

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