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Ewes in the News

Annabel, the sheep with ADHD, has made it onto TV!
Here’s the Youtube video:

Annabel’s Dance‘, by Diane Jackson Hill and Lois Bury, Wombat Books, features in  reading@home – episode 8, Channel9GO . The Queensland Department of Education have produced a beautiful reading of the much-loved picture book, a character analysis and a craft activity.

Author Diane Jackson Hill gives some back-story:

Annabel’s Dance was based on two stories. One was about how a possibly annoying characteristic in a child/adult could actually be an exceptional and envied gift. Many admired people who have done great things to help our world, have been reported to have characteristics associated with ADHD or Aspergers which were difficult to deal with in childhood.

The other was about some recently found sheep that escaped shearing and ended up with 6-7 years wool growth. The first was ‘Shrek’ in New Zealand. He became very famous – having his wool shorn on an iceberg that happened to be floating past the country at the time. He was taken there by helicopter and had a special heated blanket and ice-pick booties fitted to his hooves to walk on the ice! A huge amount of $$$ for disadvantaged kids was raised by this adventure. ‘I wanted to add that to my story, but my editor said no-one would ever believe me,’ Diane said.

There’s been multiple sheep found since. Sheila and Prickles in Tasmania and Chris in New South Wales who holds the record of carrying over 40kg of wool. The latest has been a sheep found in England where a mouthful of wool actually was so unappealing to wolves, they left him alone.

Annabel’s Dance’ published by Wombat Books, is available from your favourite bookstore or signed copies from this site.

Outcome of Sea Bird Rescue

Gannet Chick
Lonely and lost gannet chick

The Marine Response Unit called to let me know that the young gannet we found last Saturday, did not make it. He would have only been a couple of months old. He would have fallen off the colony’s nesting platform and ‘coco-nutted’ for some time (without food) before landing on the beach where we found him.

The Marine Response Unit (Zoos Victoria) always follow up on rescues as they really appreciate people reporting animals in distress, so that they can give them another chance.
They gave me their direct line (state-wide) – 0447 158 676 – for any future rescues. Please add if you think you may use it.

I’m sad he didn’t make it, but so inspired by the Marine Response Unit’s dedication and glad he didn’t have a painful end.

Gannet chick waiting for rescue

Chooks In Dinner Suits wins 2 Notables in CBCA Book of the Year

Chooks In Dinner Suits

‘Chooks In Dinner Suits’ has Notables in 2 categories of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2017.
I’m thrilled and honoured. This means it is in the longlist from which the shortlist and winners are chosen.

Thank you, Museum Victoria, for believing in me and this story. Thank you, Craig Smith, for making the story live, through your wonderful illustration. Thanks to Swampy Marsh, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare, Warrnambool Books and Flagstaff Hill for their ongoing support and encouragement.

And congratulations to the wonderful team of children’s writers I am so happy and proud to be part of.