About: Hebersham Public School
Hebersham Public School was established in 1972 on Dharug land. Located in Mt Druitt, Hebersham is a vibrant and colourful school with a rich multicultural community – 49% of the school population comes from non-English speaking backgrounds and 11% identify as Aboriginal. The WestWords writing program worked with 20 Aboriginal and Islander children to help develop their written story-telling skills with a particular emphasis on telling stories of place and self.
About the author: Dub Leffler
Dub Leffler is Australia’s premier Indigenous Illustrator of Children’s Literature. With over 18 feature titles to date, Dub is one of the most sought after illustrators of children’s books in the country. Dub is also a gifted film maker, musician & teacher. Having just featured at The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015, Dub is currently working with the National Library of Australia on his 20th publication.
Once There Was a Boy is a poignant, universal story of friendship, temptation and reconciliation.The disarmingly sweet, simple language in this whimsical children’s picture book belies an emotional depth that allows the author to reach out to both the young, and the young at heart.