It’s in her na­ture

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Sara Fitz­patrick

Ch­eryl Kick­ett-Tucker has a pas­sion for pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

IF we don’t look af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment and its crea­tures then there will be no Mother Earth to look af­ter us, says Swan View au­thor and pro­fes­sor, Ch­eryl Kick­ett-Tucker.

“This is an im­por­tant mes­sage that young peo­ple need to hear, be­cause it is our le­gacy that we are go­ing to pass to them and they need to know why forests, fresh wa­ter, fresh air and va­ri­eties of an­i­mals are vi­tal in keep­ing hu­mans alive,” she said.

A deep af­fec­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture is at the heart of the Noon­gar writer’s new chil­dren’s book, Bush and Be­yond.

The third edi­tion in a se­ries of cre­ative Abo­rig­i­nal sto­ries, it features Noon­gar lan­guage and lo­cal myths.

“These books are im­por­tant, as they con­tinue to show­case the di­ver­sity that ex­ists among and be­tween Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in Aus­tralia and par­tic­u­larly WA,” Prof. Kick­ett-Tucker said.

“Abo­rig­i­nal sto­ries are im­por­tant not only to en­ter­tain but they are also pur­pose­ful in por­tray­ing mes­sages and morals which we use to teach our own chil­dren.

“Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple are an in­clu­sive com­mu­nity and these books pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for us to share our ways of chil­drea­r­ing us­ing sto­ries.”

The re­lease of Bush and Be­yond, by Fre­man­tle Press, co­in­cides with Naidoc Week, which is held from July 8 to 15.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484527

Ch­eryl Kick­ett-Tucker with her lat­est book, with daugh­ter Caris (8) look­ing on.

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