Illustrations by local PS students to feature in storybook competition

Shreya Huthesha, of Wattle Grove.
Shreya Huthesha, of Wattle Grove.

ILLUSTRATIONS by primary school students from the eastern suburbs feature large in a state-wide storybook competition.

Drawings by Shreya Huthesha, of Wattle Grove, Alex Nicholas, of Sawyers Valley and Saja Al-Tamimi, of Aveley, were among 20 artworks selected for a rhyming narrative about children with disabilities.

The students’ drawings were chosen from 4300 entries submitted by 58 WA schools in the art challenge presented by disability services provider Therapy Focus.

Each student selected a page to illustrate in the book, Ben Tries to Fly, about characters with disabilities.

Author Eddie Drury, who penned the story, works as a behavioural therapist for the not-for-profit organisation in Bentley.

Complimentary copies of the book, unveiled in National Children’s Book Week, will be delivered to every primary school in WA to encourage greater understanding, inclusion and acceptance of children with special needs.

The book is the 10th title in a series and will be launched at Perth Town Hall on Thursday.

Year 5 student Shreya said the story gave her the inspiration to draw a picture of Ben attempting to fly.

“I would like to become an artist when I grow up because you can express your feelings in what you draw,” she said.

Judges for the 16th annual art competition whittled the entries to 100 finalists before selecting the winners.

The successful students will have their work featured in the storybook and receive a framed copy of their artwork plus a prize pack.

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