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Rainbow Family Story Time Puppet Show is a a fun, zany, cutting-edge performance that captures the imagination and play of children aged 2-8 and their families while teaching audiences about empathy, diversity, equality, acceptance and love.
The colourful performance features a 30 minute puppet show and story time that will resonate with all families who are part of, actively support or want to learn more about LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer) communities. The show features songs, skits and games plus a story reading and interactive storybook sing-a-long. Characters in the puppet show include Freerange the Chicken, a singing vegan cheesecake and Flossy the Fur Wave Feminist. The show is followed by a 5 minute demonstration on how the puppets work and a 10 minute meet-and-greet with the puppets.
During the story time show, our wonderful storyteller Elissa is joined by puppet characters Troggg and Frazzamatazz for the reading of 2 rainbow family stories by Australian author Glenn Martin from his wonderfully thoughtful, empathetic children’s book ‘We Can’t All Be Same’.
‘We Can’t All Be The Same’ is a beautiful collection of four, rhyming, short stories that teach children about diversity, equality, love and adventure. Larrikin Puppets gifts the audience with two readings from the book: a love story and a story of identity:
A Simple Fairytale
Jose just wants to find his perfect man. He travels the world on a quest to find his true love. After finally finding someone special, a simple mistake could prevent Jose from ever seeing his special man again!
Susie has a dream of swimming at the Olympics. She goes through a difficult journey and faces challenges, both in her competitions and in dealing with her gender identity.
Purchase ‘We Can’t All Be The Same’ by Glenn Martin as a soft cover or ebook.
“These stories will resonate with members and families of the LGBTIQ, refugee and multi-abled communities. Children who identify themselves from one of these groups are often underrepresented or forgotten completely in literature to the detriment of all. This inclusive book strives to give a voice, a role model or a relatable figure to those who have often had none when they open the pages of a book. The impact on those who read this book, especially those who maybe feeling isolated, can be subtle but significant. The impact on the rest of the community can be one of awareness and appreciation of people from all walks of life.” – Shelley Argent – PFLAG National Spokesperson, Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
“I liked all the stories but my favourite was about the little boy in the wheelchair working as a team because everyone is different and that’s ok! Boys can marry boys, girls can marry girls but people can’t marry cats… or dogs! There’s lots of love and everyone loves someone.” – Fletcher, 5 years old
“It’s the best book ever! Glenn’s book reminds me to be kind to everyone and not to steal.” – Lily, 6 years old
Two presenters: Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins.
Consider Larrikin Puppets Rainbow Family Story Time Puppet Show for a colourful, fun and interactive presentation of puppetry and children’s stories for audiences 2-8 and their families.