The Magic of Story Telling

It is all very deja vu in the BZ household now with our little Preppie starting the journey into the world of books and sight words and sounding things out. It is amazing to watch the love of reading blossom and the eagerness to learn grow more and more each day.

We have a tween refusing to read and a prep boy that reads everything and anything he can get his hands on.

He even leaves little notes around the house like this one… (Translation “awesome mum” with a gigantic full stop.)

Storytelling is an important part of children’s bedtime ritual, and it has now got even more exciting and inviting with Disney Junior encouraging parents to settle down and share a magical moment with their little one every evening on Disney Junior around bedtime. The “Land of Once Upon A Time” lullaby follows each episode, encouraging children to prepare for bedtime.

Disney Junior is excited to launch the second season of the locally produced series “The Book of Once Upon A Time”, an interactive story-telling series hosted by Australian actor and playwright Kate Mulvany. 

All new stories premiered on Monday 24th August at 7:10pm to coincide with Book Week. Parents, children and care-givers can tune in for a magical story every weekday evening on Disney Junior or anytime on the website.

The Book of Once Upon A Time – Kate Mulvany

Kate Mulvany is a leading Australian actor, playwright and screenwriter with a deeply personal connection to story. As a young girl, Kate became very ill and had to spend long periods in hospital. During one stay, her godmother brought her Kit Williams’ picture book “Masquerade”. This special book transported Kate far away from the stark hospital corridors to a magical new world, setting her imagination free and sparking a life-long passion for storytelling.

As an actor, Kate as performed with some of Australia’s top theatre companies and appeared in feature films and television series, including “The Great Gatsby”, “Griff the Invisible”, “My Place”, and “All Saints”. As a writer, she has won numerous awards and written over 25 screenplays and plays, including her most recent work, an adaptation of “Masquerade” which premiered at the Sydney Opera House.

In “Disney Junior’s The Book of Once Upon ATime”, Kate uses her expertise as a master storyteller to bring Disney’s stories to life, sharing the magic she experienced as a young girl, with our Disney Junior families. 

Disney Junior, The Channel is where magical storytelling comes to life! Available in all Foxtel subscribing homes; channel 709.

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