Mag­i­cal Aus­tralian tale

Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME TIME -

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

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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

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