Culture of celebration

Illustrator Jason Trevenen works on the finishing touches to the book Multicultural Me.
Illustrator Jason Trevenen works on the finishing touches to the book Multicultural Me.

With illustrations from Mt Hawthorn resident Jason Trevenen, the book is based on an eight-verse poem that aims to encourage children to celebrate different cultures and friendship.

Crowd funding of $15,000 is needed by the April 21 deadline to get the book to the printing stage.

Mr Trevenen has worked on a dozen animated Disney movies and teaches drawing at Murdoch University.

He also tours schools and small communities in WA, teaching children how to draw cartoons.

�I don�t know a lot of other books like this,� Mr Trevenen said.

�It�s a good starting point for schools to talk about multiculturalism.

�We�ve incorporated a number of different cultures in this book.�

Ms Scrutton said she had talked to many students who have dealt with bullying because of cultural differences.

�Some of my students have told me about bullying and the struggle to find friends,� she said. �I believe friendship and respect should be discussed with young people from early on.

�I hope Multicultural Me encourages our teachers, parents and leaders to do so in a fun and colourful way.�

Schools can arrange for Ms Scrutton or Mr Trevenen to visit them during the week of International Youth Day on August 12. To help crowd fund the book by buying a copy, visit www.pozible. com/multiculturalme.