The Book of Once Upon A Time…

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I wish that I had duck feet. And I can tell you why.
You can splash around in duck feet. You don’t have to keep them dry.
-  I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Dr Seuss

Dinner. Bath. Cuddles. Book. Bed.

For years and years, this was our evening routine. My kids are quite close in age, and with a husband who worked (and continues to work) away from home a lot, I found that following a simple routine, which the kids could expect and rely on, was the best way to go about things.

Dinner. Bath (though these days it’s shower). Cuddles (well… they are allowed to watch tv now). Book. Bed. 

Those last two have remained the same. When they were little, I’d let them take turns in choosing a book. The one who chose was the lucky one that evening. They’d choose the book and snuggle up in bed, while me and the other child would come to their room, sit on their bed and read the story out loud. I’d read, and my assistant would turn the pages. The next night, the other child would choose the book, snuggle in bed and we’d read and flip pages…

Book Week - Favourite Books

With visits to the local library and me being a fan of the books fair, they both had a lot of books to choose from. Sure we’d read new ones, but would always go back to their trusty old favourites.

I Wish That I Had Duck Feet. Hairy Maclary. Possum in the House. Time For Bed. Green Eggs and Ham. The Magic Hat. There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake (which I remember loving as a child too).

Nowadays, I don’t read to them like I used to. They choose their own books and read themselves, before lights out. I like, that they like, to read and I honestly believe that those early days of hearing stories, certainly has something to do with it.

No matter how old we get, we like to sit down with our loved ones and listen to a story – right? When I heard about the new Disney Junior show called “The Book of Once Upon a Time” I was on board to help share the message. You know me - a complete sucker for anything Disney ;-)


Disney Junior (Foxtel Channel 709) know all too well how important storytelling is for kids and have created a show called “Disney Junior’s The Book of Once Upon a Time”. It is a locally-produced, interactive story-telling series hosted by Australian actor and playwright Kate Mulvany. Families can tune in for a story every day at 7:10pm on Disney Junior The Channel, or anytime on the website Disney Junior Website.


The second season of “Disney Junior’s The Book of Once Upon A Time” will launch in Book Week on Monday 24th August with “Snow White and the Great Jewel Hunt”. The show brings classic storytelling to life, paying tribute to the tradition of story time with turning pages, character voices and classic touches of animation that ignite the imagination.

Later episodes will include new Disney stories from “Winnie the Pooh”, “Aladdin”, “Sleeping Beauty” and “Frozen”. The “Land of Once Upon A Time” lullaby follows each episode, encouraging children to prepare for bedtime.

Now, speaking of Book Week, have your children &/or grandchildren had their book week parade yet? My children’s school will hold their parade later this week. At this stage, I will have a Summer Fairy and Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid parading… but you know how it is… things could change before then and I may have a late night costume sewing session in my future.

Darth Vader - Book Week
Last year's Darth Vader costume for Book Week. He already had the helmet and light saber, so he wore black tracksuit pants, a long sleeve t-shirt (back to front because there was a picture on the front), and a friends Dracula cape with the red collar turned in. We were a little bit impressed with our efforts.

The Book of Once Upon A Time features Disney stories that are available as eBooks from the Disney Story Central app, available to download from iTunes.

1 comment

  1. The boys and I loved hairy maclairy, but there all time favourite was a book called whistle up the chimney.


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