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

Kids Book Review Interview

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Hooray!  Just letting you know that today there is an interview with June on Kids Book Review Interview   (done by Penny Harrison)

You can find  some earlier interviews here:

Readilearn Interview (with Norah Colvin)

ABC interview (sound cloud)

Poet Turns to Crowd Funding (sound cloud)

Karen Tyrrell Interview

Dimity Powell’s Interview

Ali Stegert Interview

Tales from Pasifika interview

Also of Interest!

Interview with Artist Helene Magisson

Article by Helene Magisson on the Story Behind Magic Fish Dreaming

Our Latest Good Reads Review

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by June Perkins (Goodreads Author), Helene Magisson (Illustrator)

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Vacen Taylor‘s review

Mar 08, 2017

Magic Fish Dreaming is one of those books destined for parents who understand the importance of reading a book to their children, a book that discovers magic in the country and its creatures. The words are joyful and magical. The illustrations are lovable, alive with shape, imagery and spirit.

This book is filled with poems that draw you into the peacefulness of the Australian bush. Poems that celebrate the creatures like Geckos’ Dance, Beyond Caterpillar Days, Tawny and Wishing for a Fish invite readers on a rhythmic journey with images to help them along the way.

Poems that feature the power of our environment like Storm Dancers and Lost at Sea gather readers up and ask them to explore the heart of far north Queensland.

This is a book for everyone, to read quietly under a tree or to snuggle on the side of the bed and read aloud to the ones they love. It will certainly enrich the lives of those who read it.

Vacen Taylor

Some New Poems

Although selling copies of Magic Fish Dreaming can keep me busy, I always put aside special time for writing poems.

I have been submitting them to Australian Children’s Poetry and encourage you to check out their excellent prompts!  They are so much fun!

I’ve been doing some submissions for projects and hope to have good news for our fans soon.

With submissions of both projects and poetry publications I like to forget about them once they are in, working on my writing helps me to take my mind off them.  At this stage all I can say is that some of these are not just for Magic Fish Dreaming, but the cause of poetry and children in general!  Please cross your fingers and send your positive wishes !

I’ve always loved collaborating and recently began to have conversations with a number of Australian poets for children. I have always loved poetry and think it offers so much to children and families, so finding other like minded creatives to chat with is inspiring!

Here is one of the poems I had accepted to the Australian Children’s Poetry Blog.

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For Vincent’s  ‘The  Starry,  Starry Night’

 

Outlines crash into swirls

Miss Del Amico asks, what do you see?

Is that a sky of blue curls?

Outlines crash into swirls

Time to dive for some pearls

Will I find this painting’s key?

Outlines crash into swirls

Miss Del Amico asks, what do you see ?

June Perkins
  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #8

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June said: This is a triolet using the prompt ‘Blurred.’ The first words that came into my head were, ‘outlines crash into swirls’.

The trickiest thing with this poem was picking the artist.  Would they be someone I personally knew who painted, a fictional small child, or someone who everyone knows that paints?  I thought of a famous artist who used swirls, Vincent Van Gough.

I added the dedication to help with understanding of the poem.

I imagine this poem is an art class for early childhood with a teacher who likes to introduce the children to great artists, and likes to encourage them to look beyond the surface of the painting, into what it means to the artist who paints it.  I decided to name the teacher after my favourite art teacher at high school.

If you are in Yungaburra – read Magic Fish Dreaming!

11923229_875274005897923_2707285570024749346_nIf you are visiting Yungaburra, you can find a copy of Magic Fish Dreaming in the Mad Hatterz Cafe, 28 Cedar St, Yungaburra and have a read.

If you would love to own a copy or purchase a copy for your school please message us for how to order details.  The book also has all our facebook, email and other details in the back or front of the book. Contact gumbootspearlz@gmail.com

Yungaburra is  close to the tree that inspired  ‘The Curtain Fig Tree’ poem in the book.

Soon we hope to list some of the libraries and schools that have a copy of the book and announce some library events!  So happy that the book is heading out into the world and being read!

Magic Fish Dreaming At Little Gnome

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Magic Fish Dreaming has arrived at Little Gnome and should be up  on the shelves sometime next week.

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We’ve left a surprise (one only) there for the very FIRST person to buy Magic Fish Dreaming.  You just need to ask for it at the time of purchase and mention this blog.

And please spread the word about all the lovely bookshops stocking Magic Fish Dreaming.

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Magic Fish Dreaming now stocked at Little Gnome

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Magic Fish Dreaming is about to magically appear on the shelves at Little Gnome next week!  Wonder what little Gnome will make of ‘Discovering Magic’.  Maybe that Gnome might even go hunting for poems.

What poems might Little Gnome catch?

Little Gnome is a super brilliant coffee and bookshop specialising in stocking indie published books.  They have lots of other wonderful events like game nights, and meet the author days.

Watch out for our photos next week!

Address

66 Florence St

Wynnum, Brisbane.

Opening Hours

7am till 5pm Monday to Friday

Saturday 7am till 4pm

Sunday 8am till 2pm

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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.)