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The Thing on Mount Spring is a book that takes you back to the treasured memories of your childhood when there was no television and you had time to explore, imagine and enjoy the written word. That was when the written word fuelled your imagination, took you on fantasy journeys and became an escape to other worlds.
Reading aloud was where language skills were fostered and the rhythms, cadence, rhymes and elegance of words could elicit emotions and expand your vocabulary.
That pleasure is so much more important today as electronic devices become the norm and conversations become a new truncated language and busy lives invade the time where reading to littlies should be a priority.
Let me recommend The Thing on Mount Spring as a book to give and read to your littlies. It will bring you as much pleasure as them.
The launch at the National Library of Australia opened my eyes and ears not just to the book but to the otherworld of digital book publishing and the network in the children’s book writing, illustrating, distributing and online activities of some of our best talent. That talent is very evident in this first book by Jenny Morris with beautiful illustrations by Sara Hayat that has been a labour of love and a gift to not just her bright bunch of grandchildren but to the children’s book market.
Jenny Morris has lived in the bush for 34 years, is now a retired public servant with a penchant for writing rhymes and her big backyard is where her characters are the cute local fauna with unique personalities. Her environment provides the ambiance for these critters to tell a story that is topical and brings a sense of the beauty to the ‘things’ on the hill near Tarago that I drive past on my way to the coast. And unlike a former treasurer and prime minister I find aesthetically elegant.
The Thing on Mount Spring is available at the National Library of Australia Bookshop or contact the publisher at email@example.com