School Program Story by Tyrion Perkins
Gregg is a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Yuwalayaay people of south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales. He likes to keep the stories he was taught alive in his books, and sharing them with others. He started by joking with the Prep-2 classes, “Hi, I’m an awful.” “No!” they yelled. They knew the word author! He told them how he often sings with his daughter in feathers and his son in kangaroo skin doing the dance part – the story of a duck and water rat and how they became the platypus.
He showed the children the version of Tiddalik the Frog that he illustrated. They had all heard of it. He taught us the proper pronunciation, and said how the frog is actually brown, but the publisher wanted it green so people didn’t confuse it with toads.
He then taught them a kind of dance that would wake the frogs should they ever be in need of water when in the desert. But only drink a bit of the pouch water, so the frog has enough to last until rain.
He ended with the stone game – where children danced as an animal, but only when the music went, or they would be out. Going on the laughter and jumping about at the end of a long day, they really enjoyed it.
Blogging Team 2017