Book Week 2020 in Schools | Adaptation of shortlisted Picture Book Three by Stephen Michael King

Meerkat Productions


“A great balance between story and audience participation.” about our 2019 adaptation
King’s Baptist Grammar School, Wynn Vale SA

“Probably the best show we have had visit our school.” about our 2019 adaptation
Middleton PS, Parkes NSW

Stephen Michael King is an accomplished picture book writer and illustrator, with award-winning books such as Rainbow Bear, Mutt Dog! and Leaf just a selection of his publications. This book tells the story of Three, a homeless three-legged dog. His days are just a ‘skip and a hop’ as he walks about the city finding warmth and food.

Three has a clear message of accepting difference and disability—his life is just how it is with three legs: ‘Three was thankful his legs took him wherever he chose.’…the book is filled with humour as Three categorises other beings based on how many legs they have: ‘If Three had four legs he might be a chair. Chairs didn’t go anywhere, and the two legs put their bottoms on them.’ With its simple messages of acceptance, gratitude and belonging, Three is a striking picture book that will suit children aged three and up.

Each year, in celebration of Book Week, we adapt two books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia for the Book of The Year Awards.

We choose one book from the Picture Book category & one book from the Younger Readers Chapter Book category and create two 40-minute musical productions including original songs and puppetry.

As far as we’re aware, we’re the only company adapting both a picture book and a younger readers chapter book each year; therefore, ensuring age appropriate performances for all students.

We also support Australian authors by paying royalties for every child that attends a performance of one of our adaptations.

The music is written by Tim Smith (The Lion King, Billy Elliot) & Luke Hunter (Come From Away, The Sound of Music) and the shows are designed by Elizabeth Millington (founder of Dead Puppets Society) and Astrid Mendez (Internationally touring Puppeteer).

Includes a teacher resource pack and a targeted, structured and informative Q&A session which supports the school’s delivery of the Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum. We discuss the themes raised in the book and the show and support Inquiry Learning as we discuss how the shows were produced and how we made the set, puppets, music, etc.

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More Reviews

“Excellent (10/10)” about our 2019 adaptation
Dayboro State School, Dayboro QLD

“Interesting to kids of all ages.” about our 2019 adaptation
Emmanuel College, Ballina NSW

“Love the natural involvement of the children in the production.” about our 2019 adaptation
Canberra Grammar ELC, Red Hill ACT

“The students were able to gain the emotions of the story through your interpretation with believable characters.” about our 2019 adaptation
Binda Public School, Binda NSW

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

Kinder to 3-6

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, English, Civics And Citizenship


Book Week, English, Literacy, Gratitude, Being Thankful, Community


Drama, Music Theatre, Puppetry


40 - 45 minutes plus Question & Answer time


$8.80 +GST per student (minimum show fee $880 +GST)

School Term:
Term 4


Tours throughout ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS and VIC during Term 4.
1hr set up time required, 45 minute pack up time required.

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