Local kids translate kookaburra laughter
CHILDREN from three Alpine communities will relish the local presentation this week and next of a new book called ‘The laugh that shook the world’.
The kids have collaborated with author Craig Dent to tell the story of the kookaburra – one of Australia’s most distinctive birds.
Students from Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford, in groups, wrote “secret stanzas’ – lines of poetry – which were then included in the text.
Stanza writers included Myrtleford P12 College and Alpine Shire Libraries’ Myrtleford branch participants Aaron Kiss, Zoe Doodewaard, Jock Pascoe and Declan Tanner, Bright branch participants Tanya Sims, Joshua Sims, Taylor Atherstone and Alan Grasser, and Mount Beauty branch participants Mackenzie Charlton, Bianca Perri and Carmela Perre.
Other children had a hand in contributing illustrations for the book.
They will have the opportunity to celebrate their collaboration during a tour of Alpine schools and libraries by Mr Dent from this week.
The presentations take place at Myrtleford P12 College at 1pm and Myrtleford Library at 3.30pm today (November 15), Porepunkah Primary School at 2pm and Bright Library at 3.30pm tomorrow (November 16), Wandiligong Primary at 1pm and Harrietville Primary at 3pm on Friday (November 17), and Mount Beauty Library at 3.30pm on November 22.
The book is available from Dymocks Bookstores for $20 from Dymocks or can be ordered via email from craig@ craigdent.com.au.