Small Friends Storytelling - Scale Free Network

Are you looking for a great way to celebrate Book Week and Science Week in 2016?

The Small Friends Storytelling program features award winning illustrated science-adventure stories starring microbes, molecules and mucus – members of the tiny symbiotic societies living inside different marine animals. These books highlight the role of partnerships and co-operation in nature (not just competition). Both packages include storytelling, a facilitated discussion on symbiosis and other scientific relationships within the stories,an artist-led drawing/painting activity and an author-led writing activity based on an imaginary aquatic landscape.

“I read your first book The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon to my four-year old grandson and he was absolutely riveted. As soon as I finished, he demanded that I read it again. He was swept up by the story, the incredible characters in it and wonders of the relationships that have evolved. I look forward to the series to come.”

David Suzuki (Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster)

The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon is about a symbiotic relationship. It tells the story of the bobtail squid and the bacteria that helps it glow in the moonlight. First we meet Ali, an intrepid Vibrio fischeri bacterium determined to reach safety. Then we meet Sepio, a baby bobtail squid who is still unable to glow. His dark shape is too obvious in the moonlit water and all kinds of predators lurk nearby. Can Ali and Sepio help each other? What kind of dangers do they face? ideal for years 1-4.

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Zobi and the Zoox –winner of the Puggle Award Children’s Choice Environmental Award for Children’s Literature (EACL) tells the story of the microscopic friends living in a tiny coral polyp, based on the Great Barrier Reef. With her home under threat from a warming ocean, Zobi, a brave rhizobia bacterium, teams up with a family of slow but steady Zoox (zooxanthellae). The coral becomes gravely ill and bacteria around them begin to starve. Can Zobi and the Zoox work together to save the day? Zobi and the Zoox is ideal for years 3-8.

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On The Road


Tuesday 16 August 2016 - Murrayville Community College
Thursday 18 August and Friday 19 August 2016 - Mount Beauty Primary School
Monday 22 August 2016 - Rawson Primary School
Tuesday 23 August 2016 - Yallourn North Primary School
Wednesday 24 August 2016 - Lang Lang Primary School
Thursday 25 August and Friday 26 August 2016 - St Joseph's College Springvale


Years 1 – 8 - Max students 60 / session


150 mins + Q&A


Base rate of $770 / session for 2 sessions per day LESS Eligible Subsidy


AusVELS Links: The Arts, Science, Technologies

Artforms: Literature, Visual Arts

General Capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Cross Curricular Priority: Sustainability

Key Themes: Working together (symbiosis), The invisible microscopic world, Fusing art and science

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Are you looking for a great way to celebrate Book Week and Science Week in 2016?

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Metro: 15th Aug 2016 to 26th Aug 2016
Regional: 15th Aug 2016 to 26th Aug 2016

Scale Free Network
Duration: 150mins + Q&A
Artforms: Literature, Visual Arts
Minimum fee: Base rate of $770 / session for 2 sessions per day LESS Eligible Subsidy
Suitability: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8
Term: Term 3
Maximum Student Attendance: 60
Booking info: Technical Requirements: Darkened art room or school hall with flat wall space for projection. Tables and chairs for students.