• Alison Reynolds, Judy Roberts and Wendy Zeitsch

    Alison Reynolds, Judy Roberts and Wendy Zeitsch

  • Tania McCartney, Suzanne Kiraly and Leanne Barrett

    Tania McCartney, Suzanne Kiraly and Leanne Barrett

  • Jenny Morris and her husband Archie Elford

    Jenny Morris and her husband Archie Elford

  • Belinda Doherty and Cheryl Hodges

    Belinda Doherty and Cheryl Hodges

  • Peek-a-boo from Archer

    Peek-a-boo from Archer

  • Reading from her book The Thing on Mount Spring, Jenny Morris

    Reading from her book The Thing on Mount Spring, Jenny Morris

  • MC Tania McCartney

    MC Tania McCartney

  • MC Tania McCartney

    MC Tania McCartney

  • Yvonne and Michael Cook

    Yvonne and Michael Cook

  • Suzanne Kiraly  and Michael Szabo

    Suzanne Kiraly and Michael Szabo

  • Musician Julie Anne Szabo

    Musician Julie Anne Szabo

  • Writer Jenny Morris

    Writer Jenny Morris

  • Writer Jenny Morris

    Writer Jenny Morris

  • Kirrily Grocott and Jan Henderson

    Kirrily Grocott and Jan Henderson

  • Ben Morris, Mark and Kate Elford and Robbie Morris

    Ben Morris, Mark and Kate Elford and Robbie Morris

  • Suanne Grieve and Chris Garner

    Suanne Grieve and Chris Garner

  • Hazel Naidoo

    Hazel Naidoo

  • Leanne Barrett and Tania McCartney

    Leanne Barrett and Tania McCartney

  • Ian Leyton-Grant and Robert Lynch

    Ian Leyton-Grant and Robert Lynch

  • Chris Hayward, Barbara Deegan and Carol Lynch

    Chris Hayward, Barbara Deegan and Carol Lynch

  • Phil Peelgrane with Geoff and Lyn Gorrie

    Phil Peelgrane with Geoff and Lyn Gorrie

  • Deidre and Michael Gardner

    Deidre and Michael Gardner

  • Paul and Elizabeth Costello with Peter Yorke

    Paul and Elizabeth Costello with Peter Yorke

  • Alison Reynolds and Rod Roberts

    Alison Reynolds and Rod Roberts

  • Proud grandkids at their grandmother's book launch with Alex, George, Lara, Archer and baby Bryn

    Proud grandkids at their grandmother's book launch with Alex, George, Lara, Archer and baby Bryn

'The Thing on Mount Spring' Book Launch @ NLA

1 December 2015

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 suzanne@creativeknowhow.com.au