About the Book: Ossiri’s family is adept at recycling to support themselves. Her love of music leads her to fashion her own instrument using these skills and she creates what she calls a Tattin Django. She plays it enthusiastically, but it sounds terrible! Ossiri perseveres and her music awakes the ogre known as the Bala Mengro, with unexpected consequences
Reasons for Selection: This exciting and imaginative story illuminates a culture much neglected in children’s books. It will help build empathy and tackle prejudice by showing readers how others live, whilst providing lots of discussion about aspiration and fairness. The use of Traveller words adds to the learning experience and there are lots of opportunities for wider world learning about Traveller lifestyle, culture and art. It’s also a wonderful story with an engaging heroine and a fun twist!
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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