Have you Seen a Tree for Me? New children's Koala book launched by koala expert.
Here at I Still Call Australia Home, if you haven't noticed, we love all things Australian!
And that especially includes our iconic koalas. 🐨 🥰
That's why, this month, we're so excited to let you know about the launch of a very special book about koalas that we think is going to become a best-seller and is the perfect Australian children's Christmas gift this festive season.
It's called 'Have you Seen a Tree for Me?' by Sarah Eccleston, a koala specialist, and is inspired by a real life koala currently residing at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Profits from the sale of this book and other koala gifts this month (Sept 2020) will be donated to Koala Conservation.
To find out just how special this book's hero and author are, read on below.
Sarah has a life-long passion not only for looking after koalas, but also championing support for the dangers they face including loss of habitat, threats from introduced animals like dogs, danger from busy roads, and various illnesses.
In all her spare time, Sarah also visits and educates keepers in sanctuaries around the world about koalas and how to best care for them.
Yes - wow. Amazing.
So there's no-one better to educate the next generation about how important it is to look after our most iconic species! And that's just what she's done with the launch of her beautiful new book.
Sarah's latest achievement is the publication of her stunning Children's book 'Have you Seen a Tree for Me'?
The book is inspired by Enzo, a real-life 3 year old koala at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and is about his journey to find 'a tree for me'.
..... the above photo is of Sarah and Enzo at his home at Currumbin.
The book is beautifully illustrated by the talented Jenni Goodman, and is a book with a lot of heart. You might recognise Jenni's illustrations from publications like the illustrated 'Storm Boy'.
If you're looking for an authentic read to inspire the love of koala conservation with the next generation, I think you just found it!
Sarah helped raise three-year-old Enzo since he was a joey.
We see Enzo every week when our founder, Felicia Rusher, volunteers at the Sanctuary - and we can tell you - he really is a character worth writing about! (and verrrrry cute). You should come and see him next time you're in town.
"The book shows examples of the dangers Koalas face in the wild – loss of habitat, the introduction of domestic animals, and then of course roads” Sarah says.
“Some of the most important koala habitat is just disappearing before our eyes. I really just want to save these guys,” she said.
“That’s my passion. I’ve done my part now, so I need to leave a legacy to ensure that the younger generation are looking after them into the future.”
If you love koalas like us, why not gift this stunning book to the children in your life this koala month or festive season?!