Let kids face fears
AUTHOR URGES RISKS
CRISTY Burne believes that children should be allowed to fail in order to rise again.
This is a theme that is explored in the Victoria Park and Curtin University’s School of Education lecturer’s fifth published book To The Lighthouse.
“It’s about two kids who meet on Rottnest Island and see something in each other that they wish they were,” she said.
“They become pretty daring and they start to spread their wings and become independent people.
“Rottnest Island is a gorgeous and adventurous playground.
“You can ride your bike around and go on adventures.
“I grew up on a farm in New Zealand where I played in the river or jumped in drains.
“On Rottnest Island you can do that. It’s a bit like going back in time.”
Ms Burne said she believed it was important to let kids be kids.
“They should be allowed to fail or fall and scrape their knees,” she said.
“In the end you realise it’s not the end of the world and they get a better understanding of everything around them.
“Some of the world’s most successful people have failed.
“If you don’t let them face their fears, then they become fearful.”
Ms Burne’s previous novels involved much more fantasy compared to her latest book.
“Previously I wrote fiction about Japanese mythical monsters but this book is contemporary fiction,” she said.
The book will be launched at Toys in the Park on July 22 and also at the Awesome Festival in October.
Ms Burne also writes science articles for Crinkling News, a newspaper aimed at young people.
“Writing for Crinkling News has been great,” she said.
“It’s specifically for young people but it takes out sensational or terrifying parts.”