Small Friends Storytelling

Small Friends Storytelling

A magical one day residency featuring an exciting meeting of science, nature, art and storytelling

The Small Friends Storytelling program features new illustrated science-adventure stories highlighting the role of partnerships and co-operation in nature (not just competition). The books are made in collaboration with writers, artists, scientists, educators and designers. Both workshops 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.

The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon is about the symbiotic relationship of the bobtail squid and the bacteria that help it glow in the moonlight. Meet Ali, an intrepid Vibrio fischeri bacterium determined to reach safety, and Sepio, a baby bobtail squid who is still unable to glow. Can Ali and Sepio help each other? What kind of dangers do they face? What can we learn from their adventure? Ideal for Years 1-6

Zobi and the Zoox is the story of the microscopic friends living in a tiny coral polyp 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? Ideal for Years 3-8.


Learning Areas
The Arts

Visual Arts
Media Arts

General Capabilities
Critical and Creative Thinking
Personal and Social Capability

Cross Curricular Priority

Key Themes
Biology, Working together (symbiosis), The invisible microscopic world, Fusing Art and Science, Science as a Human Endeavour

Workshop Information

Length: 1 day residency ( 1 full group activity then 3 rotating sessions)

Participants:  Up to 90 students (90 for session start then three groups of 30, rotating through sessions)

Cost: $1800 + GST (approx. $20 per student and including all art materials)

Workshop Requirements

Darkened art room or school hall with flat wall space for projection.
Tables and chairs for students

More Information

“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)

“Congratulations, the book is superb…It’s very clever and great fun.” – Robyn Williams – The Science Show, ABC Radio National

Recommended Grades
Year 1 – Year 8

Touring Area
Term 3: Area A and major coastal centres

Touring Region

Booking Information

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This workshop will be touring during Science Week 2017. Schools can apply for funding for National Science Week activities. For more information visit the Australian Government website


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