The land is mine …
From the daisy to the tree …
Each and every flower …
Every twig belongs to me!
From the beetle to the general and the animals and people in between, every creature stakes a claim on the land … from the cities to the islands, to every rock, nook and cranny … But where can this lead? What will be left? Perhaps the wise worm has the answer.
A delight to read aloud!
Alys’s poetry and short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online journals across the world. In 2017, she received the Poetry Award at the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts and the Harold Goodwin Short Story Award. Her first picture book comes after years reflecting on her travels and sharing her stories and wisdom on her blog. Her website alysjackson.com is an accredited landing place for The Children’s University, an international charity aimed at providing innovative and engaging activities for children between the ages of 7 and 14.
Shane McGrath was born in Melbourne and has a brother and two sisters. His dad says he was named after a Hollywood cowboy. His mum says he was always talented (all mums say that) and one of the first artworks Shane made was when he bit his toast into the shape of a horse. He always loved drawing pictures and reading picture books, especially Where the Wild Things Are & Asterix comics. When at school, Shane would sometimes draw pictures of his teachers on the blackboard, which everyone found funny (except his teachers).
Shane grew up just over the Strait from Tasmania which he had heard all types of wild stories about. Until recently he had never visited, and quickly was impressed with it’s beautiful coastline, impressive mountains and it’s deep forests. He kept a sharp eye out for the Thylacine, but had no luck spotting one.
Shane enjoys drawing places and people from his childhood memories, and when a story is set before he was born he likes learning as much history about that time and it’s inhabitants. For Stripes in the Forest, Shane looked for as many images and films about the tigers and imagined what it must of been like to have lived that long ago on the island of Tasmania.
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