"Kookoo Kookaburra" By Gregg Dreise

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Kookoo is a kind and well-loved kookaburra who is famous for entertaining the other bush creatures with his funny stories.

One day Kookoo runs out of kind stories to tell, and he turns to teasing and making fun of the other animals. Refusing to listen to the sage advice of his Uncle, Kookoo finds himself alone and ignored by his friends.

When he listens to the sound of his own laughter, it is an unhappy sound.

Finally, he remembers his Uncle's words "Kindness is like a boomerang - if you throw it often, it comes back often..."

Author: Gregg Dreise


"I received my order of books and finger puppets this week. This is a snipet from our daily journal outlining how we utilised these beautiful resources. Our room is called the kookaburras room.

Thank you for the beautiful resources will definitely be ordering again.

(Daily Journal Snippet) This morning for group time Bec shared some new Aboriginal stories and finger puppets with the kookaburras. Funny enough our story today was called Koko kookaburra. Koko kookaburra was a Dreamtime story about why the kookaburra laughed and continued the saying that kindness is like a boomerang when it goes out it is certain to come back. This was after Koko was laughing AT his friends rather than laughing WITH his friends. We had discussions about the difference between laughing with our friends and laughing at them, with most of the kookaburra children agreeing its better to laugh with our friends than at them. We linked this into our bucket story throughout questioning if Koko and his friends had full buckets or empty buckets. Later several of Becs new Dreamtime stories along with animal finger puppets were placed on the table for the kookaburra children to explore." - Bec Hetherington


From Rose Park Community Centre:

Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges encourages openness to diverse perspectives, enhancing all children’s experiences with the longest surviving Indigenous culture of the world and the custodians of this land. In the Kuula room, music plays an important role in development. Educators often use song as another means of knowledge building, playing all genres of music from jazz to hip hop and everything culturally diverse in between. Through consultation with Aboriginal Elders, the embedment of Kaurna language in program and practice further enhances children’s experiences. Song plays a crucial role in achieving this.

Music is universal, songs that are sang in language, create moments of connection for all. Children model to their families the Kaurna songs, words and actions that they learn whilst at care. Kaurna words are spoken through everyday conversation, in particular through greetings, the “care for country” song in which is unpacked and modified in accordance with each room’s developmental understanding and the names of the animals on country. We acknowledge that we all have so much more to work towards, but the foundations for knowledge, the openness and willingness to learn is evident and to start somewhere is better than not starting at all.

ISBN: 9781921248900
ISBN-10: 1921248904
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st May 2015
Publisher: Magabala Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 29.0
Weight (kg):