Albury journey author Craig Sheather writes first youngsters’s e book, Sparky the Marvel Pet | The Border Mail

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When the Wild family had to leave their Upper Murray home at the height of the summer bushfire crisis, their new pup was nowhere to be found. Sparky ran away and there was no time to look for him. When the family returned two days later and found their home destroyed by the inferno, they were overjoyed to find that Sparky had survived, albeit with a burned nose and feet and scorched whiskers. The young pup is believed to have taken refuge underground. The remarkable story of survival caught the attention of East Albury travel writer Craig Sheather, who wrote a children’s book, Sparky the Wonder Puppy, this year. Sheather said it was a positive story of bravery, kindness, hope, and community spirit. “The story almost wrote itself, but I had to get it into a format to talk about grief and trauma,” he said. “I put a lot of work into making sure it was a positive tool for children. I worked with a child psychologist to evaluate it as well.” The book aims to provide a tool for children and parents to use to talk about grief and trauma, Sheather said it was his first attempt at writing children’s books, having previously written Best Walks of Victoria’s High Country and Best Walks East of Melbourne for The Coronavirus -Crisis had turned his plans upside down that year. “Due to travel restrictions, I had to diversify and take some children’s book writing classes,” Sheather said. “It’s a completely different process.” My kids Lyra, 7, and Morrison, 4, also gave me valuable and honest feedback – sometimes brutal – because they are the target ages for the book. “Sparky the Wonder Puppy will be released in February and Published by Australian Geographic. It is illustrated by Eloise Short, who herself witnessed bushfires at her home in the Blue Mountains. Sheather said a grant from Create NSW and sponsorship from Paul Joss and the Joss family, ANZ Bank, the Tingledale Hall Committee and the BTH Ladies Club and Craig Dent would allow him to bring 700 books to schools across Upper Murray early next year. Sparky the Wonder Puppy will be available online through the Australian Geographic Shop. Sheather is also co-author of one Another children’s book, Heroes of Black Summer, based on the summer bushfire crisis in East Gippsland, is scheduled for May 2021.

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December 23, 2020 – 3:00 p.m.

When the Wild family had to leave their Upper Murray home at the height of the summer bushfire crisis, their new pup was nowhere to be found.

Sparky ran away and there was no time to look for him.

When the family returned two days later and found their home destroyed by the inferno, they were overjoyed to find that Sparky had survived, albeit with a burned nose and feet and scorched whiskers.

The young pup is believed to have taken refuge underground.

The remarkable story of survival caught the attention of East Albury travel writer Craig Sheather, who wrote a children’s book, Sparky the Wonder Puppy, this year.

Sheather said it was a positive story of bravery, kindness, hope, and community spirit.

“The story almost wrote itself, but I had to get it into a format to talk about grief and trauma,” he said.

“I put a lot of work into making sure it was a positive tool for children. I worked with a child psychologist to evaluate it as well.

“The aim of the book is to provide a tool that children and parents can use to talk about grief and trauma related to bushfires and to get children to talk about their own feelings and experiences.”

Sheather said the coronavirus crisis turned his plans upside down this year.

“Due to travel restrictions, I had to diversify and take some children’s book writing classes,” Sheather said.

“It’s a very different process.

“My kids Lyra, 7, and Morrison, 4, also gave me valuable and honest feedback – sometimes brutal – because they are the target ages for the book.”

Sparky the Wonder Puppy will be released in February and will be published by Australian Geographic.

It is illustrated by Eloise Short, who saw bushfires herself in her home in the Blue Mountains.

Sheather said a grant from Create NSW and sponsorship from Paul Joss and the Joss Family, ANZ Bank, the Tingledale Hall Committee and BTH Ladies Club, and Craig Dent, would enable him to deliver 700 books to schools across Upper early next year To give Murray.

Sparky the Wonder Puppy will be available online through the Australian Geographic Shop.

Sheather is also the co-author of another children’s book, Heroes of Black Summer, based on the summer bushfire crisis in East Gippsland.

The release is planned for May 2021.

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