Bears in Coast back­yard

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE EVENTS -

IF YOU’VE been out and about on the Sun­shine Coast lately, you might have been surprised to see a gi­ant bear.

That is, a gi­ant bear pup­pet from Emma Mid­dle­ton’s lat­est chil­dren’s pic­ture book and per­for­mance of The Bear in our Back­yard.

‘Mummy Bear’ is the star of the show in this cel­e­bra­tion of moth­er­hood and cre­ative play, by Sun­shine Coast chil­dren’s au­thor Emma Mid­dle­ton.

“I was thrilled to be awarded a pub­lish­ing con­tact with Af­firm Press, and af­ter the suc­cess of the first book, The Lion in our

Liv­ing Room, we dis­cussed a fol­low-on story,” Emma said.

“As the first story cel­e­brated fa­thers, it was only log­i­cal that in the next book, we shine a light on the lit­tle mir­a­cles that moth­ers cre­ate ev­ery day.”

Emma loves to share the joy of sto­ry­telling with chil­dren and she has used her the­atri­cal back­ground to cre­ate chil­dren’s pup­petry per­for­mances, based around the char­ac­ters from her books.

Her per­for­mances are full to the brim with au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, singing, danc­ing and of course sto­ry­telling.

“The per­for­mances have of­fered me a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to give back to the com­mu­nity,” Emma said.

Her next free pub­lic per­for­mance will be at The Cooroy Fu­sion Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, May 12 at 11am and 1pm, and then at the Bud­erim Hospi­tal’s Teddy Bear Fair on Sun­day, May 20 at 12.30pm.

“Pup­petry is a won­der­ful way to awaken chil­dren’s cre­ativ­ity,” Emma said.

“I love watch­ing the chil­dren’s faces as they re­spond to the an­i­mal char­ac­ters.

“Story is also a won­der­ful way for chil­dren to ex­press sen­ti­ments of love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion, that they may not yet be able to ar­tic­u­late.

“Read­ing a book to­gether that cel­e­brates the many won­der­ful qual­i­ties of moth­ers, is a spe­cial bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Emma is also pas­sion­ate about early lit­er­acy.

“I write rhyth­mi­cal, rhyming sto­ries, of­ten with re­peated re­frains to as­sist chil­dren’s read­ing skills,” she said.

“We all know that read­ing to young chil­dren is one of the best things par­ents can do.”

Emma has also vis­ited many schools and kinder­gartens in the Sun­shine Coast and be­yond. The Bear in our Back­yard

is avail­able in all good book­stores as well as on­line.


GRIN AND BEAR: Emma Mid­dle­ton will be look­ing to pro­vide some hol­i­day fun for the kids and mums.

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