Elephants Have Wings: children’s author bringing new work to Fremantle


Children’s author Susanne Gervay. Picture: Jon Hewson
Children’s author Susanne Gervay. Picture: Jon Hewson

AN elephant with wings may be a figment of imagination, but author Susanne Gervay has used it is a catalyst to introduce themes of peace and hope to young children all around Australia, including Fremantle.

Gervay’s children’s book Elephants Have Wings, inspired by her childhood as the daughter of refugees and her travels through Asia, is being exhibited at The Literature Centre (TLC) until May, with the author flying in from Sydney to discuss the book first hand with local schoolchildren visiting the centre.

She said the book was, at its heart, a journey of personal development and that she was enjoying the opportunity to see how the children reacted to the story.

“As children fly on the wings of an elephant, they discover the beauty and threats in our world and find how we are different but the same,” she said.

“The children are excited about searching the artwork for the symbols such as the tree of life, the elephants, the multiple meanings and they go over and over the story and illustrations as there is more and more to discover.

“I am a long term admirer of TLC and their innovative approach and commitment to illustrated books and it is inspiring to meet kids and parents and answer their questions so that I continue to be relevant to them.

“It also just makes me happy. I love being a kid’s author.”