Teachers, Educators and Stage Co-ordinators,

Welcome to my enchanted world!  I utilise the art of storytelling and performance to offer ‘edu-tainment’ incursions.

I have a number of incursions that complement the Australian School Curriculum; namely:

‘Australian Author Appreciation’ (Aaron Blabey) – SEE FLYER ON INVITATIONS & FLYERS TAB
Book Week – Book Appreciation / ‘Books Are Magic’! – SEE LIBRARY FLYER ON INVITATIONS & FLYERS TAB

My fairytale education session includes a dynamic retelling of ‘Goldilocks’,imparting the composition of the fairytale, its enduring magic and reflecting on why we still need fairytales. 

Further, students will become part of the ‘Goldilocks’ re-telling, marching through the forest like the three bears and using their range of ‘bear voices’, allowing students to explore voice and movement, learn about focus, identify the main idea of this fairytale and learn how ideas can be expressed through role and story.

They will seek to find if Goldilocks ever apologised and if the three bears chose to forgive her; thus emphasizing how fairytales are evolutionary and adaptable; with the origins and components of the fairytale remaining but adapting to current values and concepts [such as growth mindset].

There is also the optional extra of including the ‘fractured fairytale’ with an explanation of same and a retelling of ‘Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians’; such a wonderful fractured version of this classic fairytale!

The key objectives are to engage and develop students to:

  •  recognise and apply literary concepts such as the distinction of a fairytale’s structure
  • expression through voice, movement and role play
  • apply creative thinking to problem solve and overcome real or imagined obstacles
  • explore concepts relating to morals
  • distinguish different personalities and build empathy

Fairy Poppilina looks forward to sharing her fairytale magic at your school!

” This week our Preps had a visit from Fairy Poppilina to give a magical storytelling reproduction of the fairytale ‘Goldilocks’.  Thank you, Fairy Poppilina, for coming out to see us.  Everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed your story (retelling) very much!” Cindy Cropper – Faith Lutheran Primary – Victoria Point, Brisbane [November 2022]


Students will learn the fascinating back story to Aaron Blabey’s success as a children’s author and illustrator followed by receiving two of his outstanding works (see below).  There is a follow-up group, story sequencing activity and much follow up discussion.

Noah Dreary [Aaron Blabey]

Consequences, redemption and resilience are encapsulated in this enthralling story of a boy losing his head PHYSICALLY AND METAPHORICALLY due to over-complaining!  Its pithy messages of redemption and newfound gratitude are just so important!

Thelma The Unicorn 

If there was ever a story to promote the theme of being true to yourself and being proud of who you are, then this is it!  Wow and wow!  Also, this story portrays the downside of fame.  The ending is ‘goosebumpingly-endearingly’ sweet ..Thelma returns to her best friend who has always accepted her.  Now Thelma accepts herself too.

“Thank you, Poppilina; it was a wonderful incursion and I have recommended you to other staff”.  Teresa Horan, Teacher, St Joachim’s Primary School, Lidcombe.


Fairy Poppilina imparts the truism of: BOOKS ARE MAGIC!  Through good quality stories, we LEARN, LAUGH and are LIBERATED.  Good stories ‘stick’; they inhabit the dark recesses of the mind and  heart.

Fairy Poppilina has carefully curated her selection of stories to: ‘The Journey Home’ by Alison Lester and ‘Never Say No To A Princess’ * by Tracey Corderoy.

The Journey Home [Alison Lester]. Can you imagine digging a hole in your sandpit and finding yourself falling into it and coming out at the North Pole?  Then, whilst attempting to return home, you undertake a magical odyssey where you met Santa, a pirate, a mermaid, a fairy and a gypsy.  What will you eat, where will you sleep?  Such an imaginative story!  Students have the opportunity to read aloud various jokes interspersed and are asked which magical/mythical creature is most appealing and why.  Students also have the opportunity to design their own magical journey – would it be in space, amongst the treetops, under the sea?
Never Say No To A Princess is a personal development/growth mindset story that teaches valuable lessons concerning the importance of manners/being nice and friendship superseding material things.  This pain-in-the-neck princess is never happy until one day she meets a dragon.  As the story unfolds, students can think about positive ways to behave.  Also, students may think about how friends come in all shapes and sizes ..
“I want no more things, I just want a friend to have fun with”.

INCURSION COST:  $9 per student or $400 minimum (whichever is greater).  The session is 50 minutes (plus 40 minutes set up and 40 minutes pack up time).

Fairy Poppilina is also found on the ‘findschoolworkshop’ website.



Fairy Poppilina would (if she could) turn every book into a ‘storytelling sensation’ (yet realises this is humanly and fairily impossible and may not complement curriculum).  However, she would like to mention other titles of books that are also very much favourites (and which she has previously ‘brought to life’):

Corduroy by Don Freeman (written in 1968)
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp
A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson
Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Frog Prince
The Princess and the Pea
Three Little Pigs
The Children Who Loved Books by Peter Cavanagh,
Farmer Duck by Waddell,
Amelia Ellicott’s Garden by Liliana Stafford,
The Happy Prince (Oscar Wilde).

The Fairy ‘Fineprint’
Session duration is approximately 50 minutes
Maximum number of students per session – 45 (1.5 classes or 1 class)
Minimum of three classes
Fairy Poppilina is able to provide up to five sessions in a day
Fairy Poppilina sets up in one spot for her visit – no moving between classrooms, just one room for the entirety of her time, due to props set up etc
Fairy Poppilina requires 45 minutes bump in and bump out.