Once There Was A Boy



[Reading] ➿ Once There Was A Boy ➶ Dub Leffler – E17streets4all.co.uk Once There Was a Boy is a poignant, universal story of friendship, temptation and reconciliation The disarmingly sweet, simple language in this whimsical children s picture book belies an emotional de Once There Was Was A PDF/EPUB Ã a Boy is a poignant, universal story of friendship, temptation and reconciliation The disarmingly sweet, simple language in this whimsical children s picture book belies an emotional depth that allows the author to reach out to both the young, and Once There Epub / the young at heart This stunning picture book is transformed into a gently touching grown up story by the use of sophisticated allegorical elements, such as the heart as love or friendship and the sapotes as forbidden fruit.Once There Was A Boy

Dub David Leffler Was A PDF/EPUB Ã is one of thirteen children and grew up in the small town of Quirindi, south of Tamworth in New South Wales, Australia He is descended from the Bigambul and Mandandanji people of south west QueenslandHe began his visual arts career Once There Epub / as an animator and has worked as a muralist and art teacher He has illustrated several children s books and has collaborated with internationally recognised illustrators such as Colin Thompson, Shaun Tan and Banksy.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 80 pages
  • Once There Was A Boy
  • Dub Leffler
  • English
  • 01 November 2019

10 thoughts on “Once There Was A Boy

  1. says:

    Over double the length of a normal picture book but as Miss 8 pointed out not overly wordy Succinct and subtle with sublime artwork by David Leffler A beautiful exploration and positive affirmation of the feelings boys have too.

  2. says:

    Did this book take anyone else by surprise I was expecting it comment on the origins of our land or on a different culture And to some extent it does, but it s so muchthan that, as well The story begins with a boy who lives alone on an island, when a girl shows up.What follows is a tale of conflict, vulnerability, and reconciliation.What took me by surprise was the, er, heart As in, a literal heart In a box The boy s heart, in a box, under his bed.Besides the whole, you know, heart Did this book take anyone else by surprise I was expecting it comment on the origins of our land or on a different culture And to some extent it does, but it s so muchthan that, as well The story begins with a boy who lives alone on an island, when a girl shows up.What follows is a tale of conflict, vulnerability, and reconciliation.What took me by surprise was the, er, heart As in, a literal heart In a box The boy s heart, in a box, under his bed.Besides the whole, you know, heart thing, I gave this book four stars The overall message was quite elegant and beautiful

  3. says:

    Beautiful drawings with a lovely story Enjoyable for adult and children alike, which is a plus when you are reading to your babies

  4. says:

    This is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated children s books in my library and teaching repertoire The plot centres around the title character who lives by himself on an island One day, a girl arrives on the island, disrupting the boy s way of life Their different ways of relating to place and to each other, lead to conflict between the two children The story concludes with an apology, an act of forgiveness, and a tentative connection with an intention for a stronger friendship With o This is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated children s books in my library and teaching repertoire The plot centres around the title character who lives by himself on an island One day, a girl arrives on the island, disrupting the boy s way of life Their different ways of relating to place and to each other, lead to conflict between the two children The story concludes with an apology, an act of forgiveness, and a tentative connection with an intention for a stronger friendship With obvious parallels to Indigenous Invader histories, it would be easy to dismiss the text as too confrontational for young children in favour of authors such as Mem Fox who suggest we are all mostly the same However, here Leffler is an utter expert this is not an instruction in how children should navigate sameness and difference Rather, Leffler uses gentle metaphor and imagery to depict a profound connection between the boy and island there is no explicit discussion of ownership and ethnicity This effectively shifts the focus from the external labels and representations of difference that adults are often concerned with, to simply highlighting the different ways that the characters relate to place and their struggle to find an intersection This potentially provides agenuine framework for children to engage in navigating similarities and differences, than those texts that tell us simply to be nice to each other and ignore our differences The other major theme in this story is the inner emotional vulnerability of boys, and how resilience is constructed through tears and vulnerability rather than toughness and hardening Using a third person narrative which switches and weaves between the boy s and the girl s points of view, Leffler effectively blurs binary us them discourses of exclusivity These uncertain and mutable identities offer pathways for children to engage in multiple ways, shifting their own location of power and identity in relationship to the story The other thing I must mention about this book is the glorious illustrations Truly spectacular images that any Australian person who has spent time on our coastline will connect with I have often use this beautiful book as a wonderful provocation for children to explore their early concepts about sand, rocks, earth and water Teachers and perhaps some of us as parents often struggle with ways to support learning and appreciation of contemporary Indigenous perspectives in preschool this text is an exquisite resource

  5. says:

    A great idea and well constructed Whilst the writing could have been slightly stronger and the illustrations would benefit from better facial expressions, the story is engaging and impressive, especially for a debut author illustrator It is crafted full of suspense, philosophy and emotion Some children may struggle with the figurative representation, it is central to this book.

  6. says:

    Gorgeous thought provoking picture book that all adults can relate to Very few words on each page, in fact several pages are wordless, yet the illustrations evoke the emotions and theme of the story Looking forward tofrom Dub Leffler.

  7. says:

    Absolutely horrid imagery, i felt my eyes being raped each and every page My children cried and i couldn t get them to sleep afterwards because of the incessant blarney.

  8. says:

    Put simply, once there was a dark skinned boy living a peaceful life alone on an island Then a fair skinned girl arrives She eats the tropical fruit sapote, and all hell breaks loose While the plot structure may sound familiar to some, this book is challenging for children Further, that the boy would go out sapote collecting and leave his beating heart in a box under the bed, is also bewildering, although by this time, kids have figured out this is not your run of the mill island adventu Put simply, once there was a dark skinned boy living a peaceful life alone on an island Then a fair skinned girl arrives She eats the tropical fruit sapote, and all hell breaks loose While the plot structure may sound familiar to some, this book is challenging for children Further, that the boy would go out sapote collecting and leave his beating heart in a box under the bed, is also bewildering, although by this time, kids have figured out this is not your run of the mill island adventure and are pretty tuned in the strangeness of events In fact, I am not even sure this is a book for children Many kids respond to the stunning artwork and azure ocean scenes, but this is a book that requires time and thoughtful discussion for any nuanced meaning to become clear The author states on the back of the book, that he wants to show boys having feelings as well as girls and that letting friends help when you re sad is okay There s no doubt, this is addressed, but I think this book could also be useful to provoke discussion about dispossession, fragile relationships and ultimately, reconciliation in an Australian context

  9. says:

    This book surprised us I was reading it to my two sons and boy did we get a surprise Fantastic story, my boys remembered it completely the next day and it evoked a fair bit of discussion.This story is of a boy who lives alone on an island One day a girl appears She eats all his fruit and falls asleep in his bed The boy leaves early the next day to find somefruit and leaves her a note saying Don t look under the bed The story goes from there Beautiful pictures, unusual and beaut This book surprised us I was reading it to my two sons and boy did we get a surprise Fantastic story, my boys remembered it completely the next day and it evoked a fair bit of discussion.This story is of a boy who lives alone on an island One day a girl appears She eats all his fruit and falls asleep in his bed The boy leaves early the next day to find somefruit and leaves her a note saying Don t look under the bed The story goes from there Beautiful pictures, unusual and beautiful story

  10. says:

    A truly spectacular read for both adults and children beautifully written and illustrated There is so many layers to this book Loved it

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