Yokki and the Parno Gry

by O'Neill, Richard (Storyteller),

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Picture Books E O'Ne
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  E O'Ne
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale qj FICTION Yokki
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale
Call Number  qj FICTION Yokki
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea O'NEILL Richard
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea O'NEILL Richard
Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC O'NEIL
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  J PIC O'NEIL
When a Traveller family experiences a run of bad luck, an imaginative boy called Yokki lifts their spirits with tales of a magical white horse. A traditional Traveller-family folk tale which inspires hope and celebrates creativity. Told by a Romani storyteller together with a picture book author to positively reflect Travelling cultures.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* This beautifully illustrated gem of a storybook begs to be read aloud. A Romani folktale, it tells of a magical horse, Parno Gry, that swoops in and takes children on trips to faraway, welcoming lands. Yokki is a young boy who tells stories about Parno Gry, and he gets more inventive as reality gets harsher. When all seems lost his Traveler family has traded away all of their possessions and cannot find work anywhere Parno Gry actually arrives and whisks the entire family to a lush, verdant land with abundant resources. Adults will want to practice reading this aloud before sharing it with young audiences, as the text includes many Romani terms, which are defined in a brief glossary on the title page and, in context, should create no problems for sophisticated readers but might confuse neophytes. Most important, storytime presenters will want to build in time to allow young audiences to pore over the wonderfully detailed illustrations. The combined ink, gouache, watercolor, pen, and crayon pictures create a wistful, otherworldly feel that transports readers to an enchanted place. The text seamlessly weaves in Romani customs and philosophies, and the illustrations provide additional details about Traveler life. This unique and engaging tale will delight young audiences and would be an elegant addition to any folk literature collection.--McBroom, Kathleen Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "O'Neill, a Romani storyteller from the U.K., imagines a Traveler family saved by a magic horse. Yokki's family fixes things and does odd jobs, but a wet year is their downfall: they're forced to sell almost everything they own, and food is scarce. Young Yokki's stories about Parno Gry, a flying white horse, comfort hungry family members but infuriate his Grandfather Elijah: "You are filling their heads with dreams of a made-up future." Though the story seems headed for a solution congruent with the realistic setup, the ending offers a dream come true as the Parno Gry carries the family to a paradise of food, free for the gathering. O'Neill and Quarmby (Fussy Freya) highlight Traveler children's contributions to the family and their dependence on the generosity of non-Travelers, such as kind Farmer Tom, who will keep their lame horse, Bessie, until she heals. Nellisen's warm, folk-art-like illustrations engage and inform, with images of Traveler clothing, wares, and-of special importance-storytelling around the fire. A rare voice from a culture that isn't always well-known or understood, especially in the U.S. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Romanies -- Folklore.
Animals, Mythical -- Folklore.
Publisher Bridgemead, Swindon :Child's Play (International) Ltd,2016
Contributors Quarmby, Katharine, author.
Nelissen, Marieke, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9781846439278
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