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Issue Details: First known date: 1963... 1963 Storm Boy
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The story of a boy and his pelican, Mr Percival, who live on the South Australian Coorong.

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Storm Boy Sonia Borg , ( dir. Henri Safran ) Adelaide : South Australian Film Corporation , 1976 Z1057204 1976 single work film/TV

'A young boy befriends an Aboriginal man and a pelican. One day he is forced to choose between his beloved companions and the often cruel outside world.'

Source: Screen Australia.

y separately published work icon Storm Boy Tom Holloway , 2013 2013 6198235 2013 single work drama

'Young Storm Boy lives a simple yet free life on the coastal wilds of the South Australian Coorong, combing the beaches with his reclusive father, Hideaway Tom.

'During a long summer, he makes two friends who will shepherd him from childhood into adulthood: the jester Fingerbone Bill, who teaches him about his country; and Mr Percival, an orphaned pelican who prepares Storm Boy for the wider world with a poignant lesson about love, loss and letting go.'

Source: Queensland Theatre Company.

Reading Australia

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 6 (NSW Stage 3)

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Information and communication technology, Literacy

Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

This work has teaching resources.

Lesson plan by Anthony Shaw for the 'Teaching Classic Australian Children's Fiction' Exhibition for AustLit.

Notes

  • The book has not been out of print since it was first published in 1963.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.
  • Other formats: Adapted for the 1994 audio cassette 'Storm Boy' published by ABC Audio Tapes, narrated by Roger Cardwell.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Rigby , 1963 .
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      Extent: 50p.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1966 , 1969 , 1971 , 1970 Seal Pups series. 0851796656 , 1972
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Angus and Robertson ,
      1964 .
      Extent: 50p.
      Note/s:
      • The UK edition was published from purchased folded and collated sets from Rigby. (Source: A Bibliography of Australian Children's Books (Deutsch, 1970))
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Rim of the Morning : Six Stories Colin Thiele , Adelaide : Rigby , 1966 Z827972 1966 selected work children's fiction children's Adelaide : Rigby , 1966 pg. 70-100
    • Chicago, Illinois,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Rand McNally ,
      1966 .
      Extent: 62p.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1967
      Note/s:
      • The 1966 edition has a different dust-jacket from the Australian edition, with a design by Lorence Bjorklund. (Source: A Bibliography of Australian Children's Books (Deutsch, 1970))
    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Rigby , 1976 .
      Extent: 94p.
      Description: illus. (some col., ports).
      Reprinted: 1976 , 1977 Four reprints in this year , 1980 , 1981 , 1982 , 1983 , 1984 , 1985 , 1986
      Note/s:
      • 'This edition illustrated with photos taken on location during the making of the film of the book by the South Australian Film Corporation.'
      ISBN: 0727002279
      Series: Seal Books Rigby (publisher), series - publisher Seal Books is a paperback imprint of Rigby. The popular paperback series was initiated Vernon Branson 1968.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Harper and Row ,
      1978 .
      Extent: 61p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 006026134X(lib. bdg.), 0060261331
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Storm Boy ; Blue Fin Colin Thiele , Sydney : John Ferguson Time-Life Books , 1982 Z918973 1982 selected work children's fiction children's Sydney : John Ferguson Time-Life Books , 1982
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Lansdowne , 1995 .
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      Extent: 61p.
      Description: col. illus.
      ISBN: 1863024182
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: New Holland , 2002 .
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      Extent: 60, [16]p. of platesp.
      Edition info: 40th anniversary edition.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 1864368047
    • Chatswood, Chatswood - Gordon - Castlecrag area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: New Holland , 2013 .
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      Extent: 60p.
      Note/s:
      • 50th anniversary ed
      ISBN: 9781864368048
    • Chatswood, Chatswood - Gordon - Castlecrag area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: New Holland , 2017 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 46p.p.
      Edition info: Gift Ed.
      ISBN: 9781921024658 (hbk)
    • Chatswood, Chatswood - Gordon - Castlecrag area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: New Holland , 2018 .
      image of person or book cover 3422253777737333970.jpg
      Extent: 60 p.p.
      Edition info: 55th Anniversary Ed.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 November 2018.

      ISBN: 9781864368048 (pbk)
    • Chatswood, Chatswood - Gordon - Castlecrag area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: New Holland , 2019 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Alternative title: Storm Boy : The Illustrated Story
      Extent: 76 pages, [16] pages of platesp.
      Edition info: Illustrated Ed.
      Description: col. illus.
      Note/s:
      • Published 31 October, 2018.

      • A special illustrated edition to celebrate the 55th anniversary.

      ISBN: 9781760790622 (hbk)
Alternative title: Stormseun
Language: Afrikaans

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon Teaching Classic Australian Children's Fiction Anthony Shaw , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2016- 15827758 2016 website prose

This Exhibition is a collection of extensive teaching resources for classic Australian children's texts. The resources are aimed at upper primary school and lower high school teachers. The collection forms part of Anthony Shaw's Learning with Literature program.

Taking Flight : The Making of Storm Boy Erin Free , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 15 November 2016;
Australia in Three Books Hannah Kent , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 75 no. 4 2016; (p. 23-25)
I read Elizabeth Jolley's 'The Well' in the first year of my postgraduate study after recognising, in vague, dispiriting shame, that I was ignorant of most writing by Australian women. I'd fed myself on a steady diet of British and North American writers in the heady days of my first years at university, and while I would have earnestly regarded myself as widely read, a feminist and a lover of literature, I had, in my zealous pursuit of 'culture', entirely neglected my own countrywomen. Feeling embarrassed, I picked up 'The Well' out of dry, almost punitive duty to educate myself about my antipodean literary heritage.' (Publication abstract)
It's Their Turn : Best Books to Animate Teens 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 February 2015; (p. 30)
Literary Stiles and Symbolic Culture : Returning to the Problem of Writing Patrick Jones , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , December vol. 4 no. 2 2014;
'In an attempt to uncover all the drivers that construct a society that is inherently anti-ecological Jones, in this chapter of his doctoral thesis, Walking for food: regaining permapoesis, turns the lens onto writing itself and offers up a provocation: Does writing erode ecological intelligence? We know or believe writing constructs civil intelligence, that is intelligence required for growing cities and other anthropocentric environments, but does it aid or hinder the development of ecological society? The chapter takes the form of a letter written to writer and environmentalist Maya Ward. Maya's reply can be read as part of Jones' full thesis, available through the UWS library and online databases.' (Publication summary)
[Review] Storm Boy Jean Yates , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Books from Our Backyard : Must-Read Books from Queensland 2006; (p. 49)

— Review of Storm Boy Colin Thiele , 1963 single work children's fiction
Language arts 1981 single work review
— Appears in: School Library Journal : For Children's, Young Adult and School Librarians , September vol. 28 no. [1] 1981;

— Review of Storm Boy Colin Thiele , 1963 single work children's fiction
Off and Away Eve Pownall , 1975 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Official Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , January no. 54 1975; (p. 17-26)

— Review of Paper Boy James Preston , 1974 single work children's fiction ; Panic in the Cattle Country Leslie Rees , 1974 single work children's fiction ; Albatross Two Colin Thiele , 1974 single work children's fiction ; Storm Boy Colin Thiele , 1963 single work children's fiction ; Magpie Island Colin Thiele , 1974 single work children's fiction
First Impressions : The Critical Archives : Storm Boy a Thundering Success Paul Heinricks , 1977 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 1 August 1977; The Age , 18 October 2003; (p. 2)
The Eye of the Storm Samela Harris , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 20 December 2003; (p. 3)
Sad Passing of Ace Story Teller Bernadette Condren , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 September 2006; (p. 73)
[Review] Storm Boy Stephany Steggall , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 11 November 2006; (p. 9)
Colin Thiele Owen W. Reid , 1965 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tasmanian Education , May vol. 17 no. 1 1965; (p. 33-36)

Awards

2004 YABBA Hall of Fame
1975 inaugural joint winner Visual Arts Board Award For Robert Ingpen, illustrator of the 1974 edition.
1964 commended Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
Last amended 13 Mar 2019 13:19:15
Settings:
  • Meningie - Coorong area, South East South Australia, South Australia,
  • Goolwa, Victor Harbor - Goolwa area, Fleurieu Peninsula - Lake Alexandrina, South Australia,
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