Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lyrebird! A true story is awarded a Whitley Certificate of Commendation 2013


Lyrebird! A true story has been a joy to work on from start to finish. This is the second book  I've created with publisher Melanie Raymond (Museum Victoria) and editor Nan McNab, the first being Phar Lap the wonder horse.  The three of us share a love of nature, language and storytelling and an enthusiasm to place stories of beauty, science and history into the hands of young people. We were thrilled when Peter Gouldthorpe accepted the task of illustrator, animating the story so accurately but with such warmth. I thank the Whitley committee who responded to our book so positively. Awards of this kind not only give us, the creators, a boost but most importantly assist in bringing the work into the foreground.
The Whitleys are hosted by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW. They are a tribute to Gilbert Whitley, an eminent Australian ichthyologist. The Awards are presented for outstanding publications (in printed or electronic form) that contain a significant amount of information relating to the fauna of the Australasian region and particularly its conservation.  

Lyrebird! is available in all good bookstores and on line and is there is now an e version for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Visit the iTune books store and you can find listed under 'children'. Enjoy! https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/lyrebird!/id677512994?mt=11

And just in case you still haven't seen the movie:

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