Inventive New Patterns

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The whimsical and lusciously evocative poems of Magic Fish Dreaming are subtly imbued with wisdom, and steeped in story.

In playful language, June Perkins takes traditional forms of rhyme and rhythm, twisting and weaving them into inventive new patterns.

Helene Magisson’s delicate illustrations are luminous – the aesthetic interplay between this rich text and these elegant images is a sheer delight.

Robyn Sheahan-Bright, JustifiedText Writing and Publishing Consultancy Services

A Quest of the Most Wondrous Kind

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Magic Fish Dreaming is a quest of the most wondrous kind, entreating young readers and old alike to venture forth into nature and their imaginations. It is an invitation to spend time with the ancients and experience a taste of our country through poem and illustration.

As readers journey through the collection, they unearth secrets and encounter magic. The tropical heart of far north Queensland pulses resolutely throughout this medley of verse and art yet the stories it recites have far-reaching appeal. Odes to the wildlife whose habitats we explore; to those who attempt to make their livelihoods on the same lands and to Mother Nature herself, beat with sublime sincerity.

Look beneath the beautiful camouflage of words and watercolours and you will find an evocative sense of spirit and place, and a plea to respect that from where we came and those that we live amongst.

The lilting rhythms of June’s verse and the creatures and curiosities that swirl throughout each of Helene’s illustrations will entrance and delight children for generations.

Dimity Powell, Children’s Author & Book Reviewer

 

Extracts from Our Previews

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Like the work of Michael Rosen and Shirley Hughes, images and words combine to evoke the textures and spirit of landscapes.

Felicity Plunkett, Poet and Poetry Editor 

Magic Fish Dreaming should be out, open and working its magic in every kindergarten, primary classroom and home—it will certainly stay with me as I set off on my next poetic expedition.

Helen Ramoutsaki, poet, lyricist, performer and educator

The lilting rhythms of June’s verse and the creatures and curiosities that swirl throughout each of Helene’s illustrations will entrance and delight children for generations.

Dimity Powell, Children’s Author and Book Reviewer

In playful language, June Perkins takes traditional forms of rhyme and rhythm, twisting and weaving them into inventive new patterns.

Robyn Sheahan-Bright, Justified Text Writing and Publishing Consultancy Services

Meet all sorts of wonderful characters as Magic Fish Dreaming encourages children and families everywhere to hunt for their own nature-based or urban poems.

Mira Reisberg Ph.D.  Director of the Children’s Book Academy