"The Blue Coat" is a Jewish folktale for pre-school aged children, often also called 'The Tailor'. It is a beautiful, simple circle story, which makes it easy to retell and so perfect for beginners. You can simplify it far more and it can still work well. It has many themes or layers to it which can be explored: growing up, family love, valuing possessions, recycling, dealing with loss, as well as the story of storytelling. Depending on how it is retold, it can works for all ages, but is particularly fabulous for the very young. (I am telling it here the way I tell it to pre-schoolers.)
This story will be included on my new CD for kids 'Reaching for the Moon', which is die for release this December. If you would like to pre-buy check out my crowd-funding campaign here http://igg.me/at/storytree-new-cd/x/2242226.
If you would like to buy one of my stories or albums go to my website http://www.storytree.com.au/. If you would like to read the script of my retelling of Blue Coat, go to my blog and scroll down http://storytreeaustralia.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/valentinos-pink-coat-and-folk-tale-blue.html. If you would like to learn more about storytelling, you can enrol via the Australian Southern Cross University for the online Storytelling Course (written by Susan Perrow) which I teach through the School of Education. It is open to enrolments from other disciplines and some other universities.
Maria Tatar, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature, speaks at Harvard Thinks Big 2010 on the significance of cultural stories, such as Little Red Riding Hood.
Professor Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and chairs the Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard.
"Burra Jurra" won "Best Byron Bay Film" and was nominated for "Best Surf Film" at the Byron Bay International Film Festival 2014.
It was also an official selection for the Honolulu Film Fest 2014 in Hawaii.
Major sponsor Laureus, Sport For Good Foundation.
"Burra Jurra" is Bundjalung for "Ocean/Seashore". The ocean offers spiritual and physical significance for the original custodians of the land in beautiful Byron Bay, situated on the far north coast of N.S.W.
Burra Jurra is a surfing charity that seeks to promote positive social change in local Indigenous communities, by reconnecting Indigenous children with the ocean through surfing.
Pro surfers and local surf coaches integrate with the Indigenous community to coach the kids and pass on cultural identity through dance, storytelling and arts.
Starring Layne Beachley, Adam Melling, Joe Haddon, Pauline Menczer, Sean Kay and other Australian surfers, this 45 minute documentary shows that surfing is more than a sport, its a life changing experience!
This film aims to encourage children, that no matter what obstacles are in your way, you can overcome and be all you are meant to be!