St Damien’s Catholic Primary School launches children’s book written in memory of a student

St Damien’s Catholic Primary School launches children’s book written in memory of a student

A CHILDREN’S picture book written by a kindy teacher has been launched to keep alive the memory of one of her students who died.

St Damien’s Catholic Primary School kindy student Amber Dawn Field was born with Complex Congenital Heart Disease and battled through many heart surgeries in her short life.

To ensure her memory was not forgotten, her teacher Jenny Dowie wrote a series of stories to present to her family.

With the help of local artist and education assistant at the time, Belinda Joynes, the first book in the series has been published.

Ms Dowie said Amber Dawn Princess Warrior and the Dolphin Rescue, is about a little girl who magically transforms into a mythical creature to save a dolphin caught in fishing nets.

“The story reflects the love Amber had for nature, her family and the environment,” she said.

“Belinda’s beautiful, colourful and intricate illustrations really capture the spirit of Amber too so we hope other children will feel inspired when they read the story.”

Popular parenting author and educator Maggie Dent, who spent several years working in palliative care and has also been a funeral celebrant, said she helped produce the book because it offered hope.

“When a child dies, hearts are broken, especially the hearts of those closest to the child,” she writes in the foreword.

“Grief can be eased if hope can be found and this book is all about hope.

“Hope that the things Amber loved — her family, nature and being a kind and caring soul — can continue to make our world a little better through the unique magic of story.”

The book is available from the school office or www.maggiedent.com.

It costs $10 and part proceeds will be donated to HeartKids, an Australian charity that supports children, teens and adults affected by congenital heart disease.