Swan View author spreading environmental message in new book Bush and Beyond

Children's author Cheryl Kickett-Tucker.
Children's author Cheryl Kickett-Tucker.

IF we don’t look after the environment and its creatures then there will be no Mother Earth to look after us, says homegrown author and professor, Cheryl Kickett-Tucker.

“This is an important message that young people need to hear, because it is our legacy that we are going to pass to them and they need to know why forests, fresh water, fresh air and varieties of animals are vital in keeping humans alive,” she said.

A deep affection and appreciation of nature is at the heart of the Noongar writer’s new children’s book, Bush and Beyond.

The third edition in a series of creative Aboriginal stories, it features Noongar language and local myths.

“These books are important, as they continue to showcase the diversity that exists among and between Aboriginal people in Australia and particularly Western Australia,” Pr Kickett-Tucker said.

“Aboriginal stories are important not only to entertain but they are also purposeful in portraying messages and morals which we use to teach our own children.

“Aboriginal people are an inclusive community and these books provide the opportunity for us to share our ways of child-rearing using stories.”

A Research Fellow at Curtin University, and former state and national women’s basketball league player, Prof. Kickett-Tucker aspires to produce a story that children all over the globe will enjoy.

She also has dreams of living on Prince Edward Island, Canada where one of her favourite books, Anne of Green Gables, is set.

The release of Bush and Beyond, by Fremantle Press, coincides with Naidoc Week, from July 8-15.