TIMMINS, Rose

ISBN 978-1-922803-59-7
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The EXTRAordinary Ordinary Harry

Young Harry is an ordinary koala who desperately wants to be EXTRAordinary.

Join him on his quest to find out what makes him special. Maybe he will discover he can fly. Maybe he will discover he can move things using only the power of his mind. Maybe he will find out that he is already EXTRAordinary. With the help of his elderly neighbour Mr George and Harry’s adventurous spirit, you will discover how to be EXTRAordinary too!

HENDRICS, Eliza Johanna

ISBN 978-1-922803-87-0
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Mrs Tate

Come along with Mrs Tate,
as she prepares for the fete
for all the witches in the East
and their exciting feast.

eliza author profile

About the Author

We would like to introduce you to Eliza Johanna Hendrics a children’s book author. She is originally from Holland, and is currently living in New South Wales, Australia.

She is a single mother to two daughters, whom she mesmerised with her story telling, and whom in turn inspired her to write children’s story books.

Ada Rovai illustrator

About the Illustrator

Ada Rovai is a Brazilian visual artist currently based in Adelaide, Australia.

Her artwork is a form of meditation and storytelling that permeates graphics and crafts to bring unique stories, memories and identities to life.

GUSS, PJ

ISBN 978-0-646857-89-3
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My Promise

With its stunning illustrations and intriguing heart-warming text, “MY PROMISE” provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of children at their Early Learning Centre.

The story is based on Woden Valley Child Care Centre’s philosophy that promotes opportunities for young children to learn and explore nature through hands-on experiences, recognising their connection, rights and responsibilities to the land, challenging their abilities, and finding a sense of self.

McGLAUGHLIN, Steve

ISBN 978-1-922722-67-6
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Robert the Frog

What I have in my heart and soul must find a way out.
That’s the reason for music.

Robert the Frog is a timeless tale about an adventurous young frog who is accidentally swept from his home by a raging river. After a long, dangerous journey he finds himself in a strange new home.

Here he overcomes his fear and sense of loss with the help of a welcoming, friendly farmer, who communicates with him through music.

It is this unexpected connection that gives Robert hope that he will survive in these new surrounds, and that one day he will be able to find his way home.

Steve McGlaughlin Author Photo

About the Author

Though seemingly destined to be an accountant like his grandfather, or a businessman like his father, author Steve B. McGlaughlin instead had the equal shortest prospective career as an accountant in world history. One that reached its practical end the day he limped through the final semester of his Bachelor of Commerce in 1989, but had reached its natural end a term earlier, when he had been sat down by his accounting tutor, and told a simple, but brutal truth, “Steve, you should never be an accountant, you are utterly terrible at it.”

Unshackled from his fate, but having not the slightest clue as to what the alternative career should or might be, Steve did the only thing he could think to do, which was to grow his hair long and travel the world. In retrospect, as though instinctively following Kierkegaard’s maxim that life must be lived forwards but can only be understood backwards, there was clearly some hidden method at work in this meandering adventure.

For it was on it that Steve, quite unexpectedly, found himself busking and living in Prague in the magical, joyful summer the year after the Czech Velvet Revolution. An experience which undoubtedly provided the initial creative spark for his first novel, Robert the Frog, a story which has music and hope at its heart.

Upon returning home, alongside working in market research and as a copywriter, Steve became part of the Australian music and comedy scenes. A career that in summary fittingly sounds like the beginning of a joke: did you hear the one about the guy who wrote years of TV sketch comedy, played guitar in 90s alternative bands, and composed hit songs for Polish, Vietnamese and Korean pop stars?

In 2013, Steve apparently surprised no-one but himself, given his deep interest in Carl Jung and the potential of creativity to act as an agent of healing, undertook a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy degree. It proved a transformative experience, both on a personal level (which is the topic of his short essay: “The Synchronicity of Robert the Frog”), and on a creative one: providing, as it did, the impetus, experiences and content for Robert the Frog.

Similarly, to the works of his literary guides, C. S. Lewis, Richard Adams and Michael Morpurgo, Robert the Frog, can be read on two distinct levels. Its surface tells a thoughtful, wistful, at times funny, all-ages tale of the adventures of four anthropomorphised animals who embark on a journey of great risk to save a beloved friend.

But its undercurrent is a meditation on, or even an ode to, the belief that even the most seemingly intractable grief and loss can be reached and transformed through the subtle but beautiful arts: creativity, music, connection and hope. Or as the Beethoven quote on Robert the Frog’s cover proclaims, and which the book holds as an inspirational truth: “What I have in my heart and soul must find a way out. That’s the reason for music.”

Testimonials

This is a beautifully written, sweet soulful story. Some parts are
laugh out loud, too. There is something harmonious about it,
the characters and the story. The way music is used as both an
expression of joy and a force for healing is really touching and true.

B.H

 

I just want to tell you how much I loved Robert the Frog.
I laughed and cried and was on the edge of my seat! I was
imagining reading it to a classroom of children and seeing the
emotion in their faces. Wonderfully written and a fabulous story
of never giving up.

J.S

 

What a wonderful book you have written. There is so much in it
that is inspiring and encouraging. It reminded me of books I read
as a little girl that also had little animals as the heroes with big
hearts and courage.

H.M

 

I liked the story so very much, it is well-written and I enjoyed the
exciting cliff hangers. I was also picturing how a great animated
film could be made out of the story; any plans? I wish you all the
success with it.

C.K

 

It is a beautifully crafted novel that’s not merely about music, but
is itself musical; the writing flows and pulses with rhythms that
effortlessly carry us on Robert’s strange, deeply moving journey.
I was stilled, marvelling, for some time after finishing it. Like
the greatest fables, we totally identify with the animals and their
journey. Moving and profound.

J.B

 

The book is delightful, well done a thousand times; Robert is such
an endearing character. I only wish I could have it in picture book
form and then I could have it at school in the therapy room.

D.A