Par­ti­cle ad­ven­tures

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROVE -

IT seems the beau­ti­ful rain­for­est of the re­gion is the in­spi­ra­tion for art, mu­sic and books, with a fun chil­dren’s book se­ries based on the dust par­ti­cles that live among the Dain­tree Rain­for­est be­com­ing the new­est pub­li­ca­tion to hit the shelves.

The Ad­ven­tures of Dusty and Denise, the Dust Par­ti­cles - the Dain­tree Rain­for­est and The Ad­ven­tures of Dusty and Denise, the Dust Par­ti­cles - All Aboard, were penned by W.E. Mackay.

Ms Mackay lives in Mel­bourne but is of­ten in the re­gion as her par­ents live in the Dain­tree.

The sto­ries see dust par­ti­cles named Dusty and Denise on var­i­ous ad­ven­tures through the Dain­tree Rain­for­est, en­coun­ter­ing other dust par­ti­cles as they travel around the re­gion, some­times with oth­ers and some­times just the two of them.

Ms Mackay said the books had been a long time in the mak­ing.

‘‘I had wanted to write a book for years,’’ she said.

‘‘A trip to visit my par­ents last year saw the idea of Dusty and Denise crys­tallise.

‘‘I was sit­ting on the ve­ran­dah and watch­ing the dust par­ti­cles float past in the sun­light, and af­ter dis­cussing it with my par­ents, the story quickly came to life in my head.’’

Ms Mackay said the aim of the books was for kids to en­joy read­ing some­thing that was fun and ed­u­ca­tional.

‘‘It’s a great way for par­ents/ grand­par­ents and guardians to in­ter­act with their chil­dren.

‘‘It’s great for kids to ex­pe­ri­ence a va­ri­ety of books and get to know char­ac­ters.

‘‘(And) for kids to en­joy read­ing time with their par­ents.’’

Come and join in the fun ad­ven­tures through the rain­for­est, the sto­ries are suit­able for chil­dren up to nine years old.

The books are avail­able now. Visit ama­zon. com, fish­pond. or bar­ne­sand­no­

But good book stores should soon see the dusty ad­ven­tures se­ries hit the shelves.

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