Grandparent Loves the Book!

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Receiving messages like this about Magic Fish Dreaming, is just so special.

Hi June,

Just want to tell you that I love your book. Can’t decide what is my favorite poem. Looking forward to read more and more for my grandkids.

I love and admire your work. And the illustrations by Helene are just gorgeous.

“Secret spot reflecting inner essence of trees but hiding bubbles of crocodiles” Beautiful. This feels like the essence of life itself. And our journey here.

Thank you so much. Please do this again.

I will surely back you again for bringing something so special to fruition.

Thanks again.

Best wishes for you

Catherine

From Parent Fans

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Photo courtesy of parent

Guess what we are reading  before sleep time tonight…

Thank you so much.

To all my fellow parents I highly recommend the book.

Johanna

(Thank you Johanna for permission to share this.   What an absolutely adorable picture of one of our young readers. 

So happy you are enjoying the book. Just love that background wall! – From June)

Please note for all people  in Australia outside of Queensland we can take direct orders and mail the book out to you.

Just email us at gumbootspearlz@gmail.com  (and if you are in Queensland and living nowhere near a stockist do contact us as well.)

Beaming Readers, Reviews, Poems and more…

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Courtesy of one of our readers

This lovely young man’s Nana said he loves his book!

Thank you so much for letting us know and sending this delightful picture of an absolutely beaming reader!

We just love this picture!

In Other News

Our latest review is up on Just Write for Kids

Here is an extract.

“The mix of musical lyrics, sensitive dialogue and thoughtful stories effortlessly blend with the mesmerisingly enchanting illustrations to allow us to venture into the cultures and wonderments of the people, creatures, and our own imaginations. Magic Fish Dreaming is a book that will engage the reflectors, the adventurers and the poets in all of us.”

Magical for children aged five and up.  Romi Sharp

Head to the blog to read the whole review

June has had a couple of poems go up on Australian Children’s Poetry

Caterpillar’s Song

First Day

June also did a live radio interview on 4k1G Townsville with Vee Gara, 5.15 on the 2nd of February. It was great to catch up with Vee and let people know about the book.

Helene Magisson did a lovely interview at  Readilearn

Helene has several more books in the works.  One of which is The Whirlpool (May 2017)

You can keep track by checking out her website.

Helene Magisson will be at Romancing the Stars, with copies of the book and prints on February 24th at the Sunshine Coast.

Magic Fish Dreaming in the Philippines

Nilson and Roseanne read Magic Fish Dreaming
Image courtesy of Mel Irvine

Extract from  The Succesful Delivery of Magic Fish Dreaming by Mel Irvine

Arriving back in Estancia after more than two months in Australia and one of my first visits was to the family of Jerry’s best friend. I had a small bag of gifts from Australia including a Koala plushie and the wonderful Magic Fish Dreaming.

June Perkins, my friend and author of Magic Fish Dreaming arranged almost one year ago to share her wonderful book here with some of the kids and June, if you are reading this, they truly love it. Success!

We drank pepsi and ate little packets of biscuits and the kids looked through their bag of bag of gifts.

“Isda, Isda” (Fish, Fish) sang their squeals of delight.

“Grabi” (Wow) cried out six year old Roseanne and her little brother Nilson (four), turning the pages of wonderful illustrations. What a joy to photograph their candid delight.

To read the rest visit The Successful Delivery of Magic Fish Dreaming

Magic Fish Dreaming heads to Sacramento, United States

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June – day before reading at Riverbend and receiving the following message

I presented “Magic Fish Dreaming” to the Courtyard Private School in Sacramento. They were thrilled and there was much discussion about the package. So many oohs and aahs could be heard in the administration offices.

The posters will be framed and hung in various locations including the library.

Someone read the poems aloud as the others listened. Your book was so loved by the staff!

And I’m a hero for donating to the school. I will do a follow up in a few months for additional feedback.

Well done, June!! I am so proud to call you a friend!

Sally K.

More Feedback – From Some our French Readers

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On a reçu ton livre jeudi par la poste, magnifique ! *
J’ai particulièrement aimé le dessin où figure une bande joyeuse d’enfants, avec un jeune garçon en fauteuil roulant. Il est très rare de voir dans un livre d’enfants ce genre d’insertion, à moins que cela soit un livre pédagogique pour enfant handicapé. Là on a l’impression qu’il se fond naturellement dans la bande, et oui il a un handicap, mais cela ne l’empêche pas d’être joyeux comme les autres, et avec les autres…De même, j’ai beaucoup aimé le dessin avec l’ornythorinque, cet animal si bizarre qui regarde la magnifique et parfaite lune briller dans le ciel…
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I have just received the book. Splendid!

I especially love the illustration which depicts a joyful group of children with a young one in a wheelchair.  We seldom see this kind of integration in a children’s book, unless it is an educational book for disabled children. Here, we feel that he is spontaneously included in the group. Yes he has a handicap (a challenge), but yet, that doesn’t prevent him from being joyful like the other children, and with the children…
I also love the illustration with the platypus, this strange animal who looks at this splendid and perfect moon shining in the sky…
*Please note the book is not yet translated – they are reading it in English.