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Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

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Richard O'Neill, Katherine Quarmby and Hannah Tolson


Ossiri really loves music but is not encouraged to be musical by her family. She doesn't give up though and eventually finds a fan in the form of the Bala Mengro.

About the Book

A Traveller girl creates her own musical instrument from a willow branch and lots of recycled objects. She plays it enthusiastically, but it sounds terrible! Ignoring warnings not to awaken the ogre in the hills, Ossiri goes there to practise playing her instrument. Will she wake the ogre, and will it appreciate her playing? Told by a Romani storyteller and a picture book author, this original tale offers a fascinating insight into Travelling lifestyles and cultures.

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