Freia is in the pic­ture

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

Mandurah girl’s pic­ture pub­lished.

A CHIL­DREN’S sto­ry­book fea­tur­ing il­lus­tra­tions by pri­mary school stu­dents was un­veiled at Perth Town Hall dur­ing Na­tional Chil­dren’s Book Week.

The book, If I Met a Ba­boon Who Lost his Bal­loon,

was writ­ten by lo­cal teacher, au­thor and artist Sean E Avery and en­cour­ages read­ers to be kind, un­der­stand­ing and help­ful to­wards oth­ers.

Mandurah res­i­dent and Sin­gle­ton Pri­mary School stu­dent Freia Mar­i­anCarey has an il­lus­tra­tion fea­tured in the book.

The il­lus­tra­tions fea­tured were cre­ated by pri­mary school stu­dents who took part in WA dis­a­bil­ity ser­vices provider Ther­apy Fo­cus’s an­nual art com­pe­ti­tion.

Ther­apy Fo­cus re­ceived more than 5300 art­works from 103 schools across WA and judges chose 100 fi­nal­ists, of which 21 were pub­lished.

Avery said he fo­cused on themes of in­clu­sion in writ­ing the rhyming nar­ra­tive, which fol­lows the jour­ney of a hero who helps dif­fer­ent an­i­mals with their prob­lems.

“In a dig­i­tal world where peo­ple are feel­ing more lost and lonely than ever be­fore, I feel it’s so im­por­tant to help re­mind peo­ple that they mat­ter,’’ he said.

“Draw­ing pic­tures to com­ple­ment words is a won­der­ful way to deepen un­der­stand­ing.”

A com­pli­men­tary copy of the book will be pre­sented to ev­ery pri­mary school in WA.

An il­lus­tra­tion by Freia Mar­ian-Carey is fea­tured in a new book.

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