Yokki and the Parno Gry. Reproduced by kind permission of Child's Play (International) Ltd.
Text copyright © 2016 Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby.
Illustrations copyright © 2016 Child's Play (International) Ltd. First published 2016 by Child's Play.
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Yokki’s Traveller family love his stories of the Parno Gry, a magical horse who takes children to wonderful and faraway places.
In this book, people tell stories for lots of reasons. Yokki tells his family about the Parno Gry to comfort them when they are worried and scared. His family pass on the story of the Parno Gry through generations so that they will remember to value children’s imaginations.
Richard O’Neill, the book’s storyteller, has explained that he wants to share his community’s stories so that children from Roma, Gypsy and Traveller families will see their culture reflected positively.
An oral tradition is one where a community’s knowledge and culture are preserved by word of mouth, through stories, poems and songs.
The storyteller Richard O’Neill is from a Romani Traveller family, and grew up travelling across Scotland and the North of England. His stories are part of a long community tradition, and have been passed down through generations of his family. This story often uses Romani words and phrases like ‘Phuri Dai’ (Grandmother), ‘folki’ (people) and ‘Tel te jib’ (be quiet, or hold your tongue).