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Shake A Leg - Boori Monty Pryor

Hardcover

Published: 1st October 2010
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old
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Winner, 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Children's fiction
Shortlisted, 2011 Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year, Lower Primary
Shortlisted, 2011 Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year, Indigenous Children
Notable Book, 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, Younger Readers
Notable Book, 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, Picture Book

Book Description

A unique picture book collaboration about having fun, sharing culture and the power of story and dance. A picture book to get the whole town dancing.

From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance and cultural understanding. When three young boys go to a pizza parlour and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they're in for a surprise!
All you fellas watching, come up, join in, warrima.
Clap your hands, little ones.
Stamp your feet, nannas.
Get down and dance, you smart young things, mummas and daddas.
Let's get the whole town dancing!
Boori Monty Pryor is a storyteller, dancer, writer and educator, and Jan Ormerod is an internationally acclaimed picture-book author and illustrator. This glorious book is the first one they have cooked up together.

About The Author

Boori Monty Pryor was born in North Queensland. His father is from the Birrigubba of the Bowen region and his mother from Yarrabah (near Cairns), a descendant of the Kungganji. Boori is a multi-talented performer who has worked in film, television, modelling, sport, music and theatre. He is also an accomplished didgeridoo player who has performed with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and appeared in many schools. Boori has written several award-winning children?s books with Meme McDonald including My Girragundji, The Binna Binna Man and Njunjul The Sun. His memoir Maybe Tomorrow was re-released in an anniversary edition in 2010 and its message for reconciliation is as relevant as ever. Shake a Leg evolved from pictures of his family dancing, which Boori showed Jan Ormerod, sparking a long and rewarding collaboration between him and Jan. Boori lives in Melbourne, but spends much of the year on the road.

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5.0

Outstanding Australian book

By Chalkie J

from Perth

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Shake A Leg:

    This book is perfect for the classroom. The clever use of language lends itself to all sorts of English teaching plus it's a great story with beautiful illustrations which will withstand multiple readings. Children will also enjoy reading it alone. The theme of cultural understanding is clearly yet gently portrayed. It needs no further explanations. Children will absorb it as they enjoy the book over and over again.

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    5.0

    good fun

    By Lyn

    from Melbourne, Australia

    About Me Everyday Reader

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Inspirational
    • Relevant
    • Well Written

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      • Gift
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      • Younger Readers

      Comments about Shake A Leg:

      Grandson a big reader. Loves a variety of subjects

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      5 stars: The illustrations draw us in to the cultural heritage being narrated by Bertie. There's a lightness of touch in the writing and it keeps the reader absorbed throughout, right to the superb end pages where strength of cultural identity and close-knit family ties come through exuberantly. The boys eat their pizza, get painted up with flour, water and tomato sauce and learn to dance, to warrima, to shake a leg. A super title. Books for Keeps A triumph of a story, illustration and design, in which Omerod's evocation of the movement, ancient mystery and vitality of the dances is remarkable. Ibby Link This book is a quirky combination of Aboriginal folk tale, traditional dance and cookery class with a bit of language learning thrown in to help you pick up some Italian and Yarrabah. There is an original and quirky stance on presentation too, ringing the changes between pages in comic strip format, others with orthodox page setting, some with boxed captions, some with speech bubbles. School Librarian

      ISBN: 9781741758900
      ISBN-10: 1741758904
      Audience: Children
      For Ages: 6 - 7 years old
      For Grades: 2
      Format: Hardcover
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 32
      Published: 1st October 2010
      Publisher: Allen & Unwin
      Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 24.3  x 1.0
      Weight (kg): 0.43
      Edition Number: 1