Magical Australian tale
MEMORABLE: Author Elisabeth Patterson and artist Sarianna Sherwin with Elisabeth’s great grandson Dean and his mother Judith Gunders
SABETH P a t t e r s o n has penned a l asting l egacy f or her great g r a ndchil d r e n and all t hose c h i l d r e n w h o gorgeous book.
T h e T o wnsv i l l e a u t h o r wrote the children’s book Koala’s New Tail 11 years ago and went in search of a local student artist to bring the story to life.
S h e f o u n d S a r i a n n a Sherwin s t udying art at Townsville TAFE and the two w o me n p u t t h e i r h e a d s together to create a stunning work of art in both words and watercolour illustrations.
The result is a delightful tale about how a bunch of bush friends, who happen to be Australian animals, help their mate koala change his tail.
The story has a good positive message for children as the koala discovers he is perfect just as he has been created. Ms Sherwin said the story had been rejected by a publisher 10 years ago, and the book was shelved until recently.
Mrs Patterson, who is now 80 and is unwell after having
r e a d
h e r a stroke and breaking both hips, said she wanted to see the book published, so they went out and did it themselves.
M s S h e r w i n s a i d t h e feedback from children and parents to the book, had been very positive. ‘‘ We have had 2000 copies printed and we would like to share the story with others,’’ Ms Sherwin said.
‘‘ There are not enough good quality Australian children’s stories with Australian animals so we think they will certainly like this one.
‘‘ The words are beautifully written and Elisabeth has done such a good job, it would be a shame for others not to have the chance to experience the book.’’
Ms Sherwin said she would make herself available to visit schools to teach students the watercolour art techniques she had used and to promote the book.
To find out more go to www. koalasnewtail. com. au