Yokki and the Parno Gry
Author: Richard O'Neill & Katharine Quarmby
For KS1/lower KS2
Price 5.99 paperback
Book(s) at 5.99 paperback
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Yokki and the Parno Gry A Romani storyteller and a picture book author collaborate in this beautifully illustrated tale about a family of travellers whose traditional way of life is under threat as the use of machinery on farms reduces the demand for casual labour. Yokki, a young boy, and his family live in tents and move on according to the seasons. They journey looking for work, hoping to pick fruit or vegetables, for opportunities to trade livestock, mend pots or sharpen knives, or to sell the items they craft, and to attend the annual horse fair. Yokki is growing up to be the storyteller of his extended family and is often called upon to lift their spirits with tales to cheer them during hard times. In particular, they are captivated by his story of a magical flying horse, 'Parno Gry', that has the power to transport the whole family and allow them to imagine a brighter, better future. A glossary of Romani words is included.