Book has a bind­ing mes­sage

Southern Telegraph - - News -

“Never give up” is the moral of a chil­dren’s book writ­ten and il­lus­trated by two Bal­divis Primary School stu­dents.

The Lonely Dino, pro­duced as part of Seren­ity Press’ Kid­dyInks pro­gram, is a story about a lonely di­nosaur who wants some­one to help her build a lad­der, but even when ev­ery­one says no, she does not give up.

Writ­ten by nine-year-old Bailey McDougall, The Lonely Dino was se­lected from a pool of more than 40 sub­mis­sions from across the Year 4 and 5 classes at Bal­divis Primary School.

An­der­son Gray, 10, was se­lected to il­lus­trate the story and worked with Seren­ity Press co-di­rec­tor Karen McDer­mot­twhile Bailey worked with co-di­rec­tor Monique Mul­li­gan to edit and fi­nalise the story.

Ms Mul­li­gan said the pro­gram was a way of en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to write for chil­dren on a par­tic­u­lar theme.

“This year’s theme was re­silience,” she said.

“The pro­gram re­ally aims to get kids ex­cited about writ­ing and read­ing and it’s some­thing Seren­ity Press wanted to do to get in­volved with in the com­mu­nity.”

Deputy prin­ci­pal Ge­orge Sci­cluna said the school jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the pro­gram.

“We could re­ally see the ben­e­fit of the pro­gram,” he said. “Through the com­pe­ti­tion, stu­dents have learned the skills needed to cre­ate and il­lus­trate a book.”

The book is aimed at chil­dren aged from four to eight and had its of­fi­cial launch at Rock­ing­ham Cen­tral Li­brary last week.

“We’re re­ally thank­ful to the City of Rock­ing­ham and the Rock­ing­ham Cen­tral Li­brary for the launch — it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to see what these guys achieved,” Mr Sci­cluna said.

Bailey said he was proud to see the book pub­lished and was al­ready work­ing on his sec­ond novel.

Dur­ing the edit­ing process, he said he had to con­sider us­ing dif­fer­ent words.

“Be­cause the book was aimed at lit­tle kids, I had to change some of the words be­cause I had used words which were for big­ger kids,” he said.

An­der­son, who en­joyed il­lus­trat­ing the novel, said she worked hard to repli­cate the di­nosaur over and over again.

“We also put in a lit­tle char­ac­ter on most of the pages for kids to spot be­cause we wanted to make it fun,” she said.

While only one book was se­lected and pub­lished, most of the en­tries were lam­i­nated and bound and may be used to read to younger stu­dents at the school in the fu­ture.

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

An­der­son Gray, 10, and Bailey McDougall, 9, with their book.

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