Story Doctors

Boori Monty Pryor

Story Doctors
Allen & Unwin
2 July 2021

Story Doctors

Boori Monty Pryor

This is a book for everybody. Welcome! Take a seat! And listen carefully, because this story has a heartbeat. Can you feel it, there in your chest?

Legendary storyteller Boori Monty Pryor invites us to travel with him from the first footsteps through 80,000+ years of strength, sickness, and immense possibility.

From the very first stories and art, to dance, language, and connection with the land, Boori offers a powerful, beautiful, and deeply rich account of Australia’s true history, drawing on a lifetime of wisdom, and on his generous instinct to teach and heal.

An exquisitely illustrated celebration of the power of storytelling to unite us, how nature connects us, and the wonderful truth that the medicine needed for healing lies within us all.


The legendary Boori Monty Pryor has written an evocative poem about healing humanity through restoring our relationship with the earth. Drawing on thousands of years of First Nations knowledge, this poem speaks of what Pryor calls the ‘eco echoes’ and focuses on the importance of connection and communion between humans and animals, as well as between one another after two hundred years of suffering.

Debut illustrator Rita Sinclair uses a contemporary style that represents humans as spirals of energy, displaying both ancient and modern life in her pictures. She includes many animals, both indigenous and introduced to Australia, showing how they can live together. While the words are suitable for an older picture book readership, the images will also appeal to younger audiences. This is an important work by an Australian legend that celebrates storytelling and bringing people together. Repeated readings will reveal greater depths, and it is recommended as a read-aloud for ages 5+.

Angela Crocombe is the manager of Readings Kids.

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