Last Thursday I presented a talk on Picture Books with International Themes at Thebarton Senior College as part of their Educator’s Evening.
I talked about and shared some of my picture books with these themes…Limpopo Lullaby, Glass Tears, Ali the Bold Heart, One Step at a Time and my next book with NLA Star of Anise, which is about the Sikh hawkers in Australia in the 1850’s.
Recently I received an e-mail from a woman in South Africa who had just heard from Australian relatives about my book Limpopo Lullaby. Her husband was one of the helicopter pilots who rescued the family from the floods, in my story. I have continued to be in touch with Sarah and today I posted off some copies of Limpopo Lullaby for her three boys and one for baby Rosita who would now be 19 years old. We are hoping that Sarah’s husband Chris can locate Rosita. This has added an amazing dimension to this story.
In the area where my talk was, there was an IBBY display. This is the first time these IBBY books have ever left Europe and they only went to two places in SA…Thebarton Senior College and then on up to Roxby Downs Area School.
If it comes back again I am going top see if I can get them for Eastern Fleurieu School.
It was like being at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair looking at these wonderful books from all over the world in their many different languages.
Thanks to Linda Guthrie for organising the evening and to the interested teachers who came along to listen and share.