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Once There Was A Boy

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About the Story

Once there was a boy who lived on an island. 
He lived there all by himself. 
He lived in an ancient boat that was made from an ancient tree.
Right on the beach. 

Once There Was A Boy is a beautiful story about friendship, trust and forgiveness. A boy who lives alone on an island spends his days picking fruit, climbing mangrove trees and watching the sun light up the sea. His life is simple and uncomplicated. A young girl suddenly appears on the island. She is asked not to look under the boy’s bed, but when she eventually succumbs to temptation, she breaks his heart. The reconciliation at the end of the book helps readers to understand the importance of sharing and thinking about other people’s feelings.

Read beautifully by Wiradjuri actor Kamil Ellis, this story is a celebrated children’s picture book debut by creator Dub Leffler.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

*captions available.
*included in the VIC Premier's Reading Challenge 5-6 list.


Story Details



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Australian Theme, Environment, Friendship, Indigenous Story Time, VIC PRC

Suitable for

Lower Primary (5-8yrs), Middle Primary (8-10yrs)



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