Youngsters’s ebook tells story of Tiny Turtle Tim – Bundaberg Now
The author and illustrator Cavin Staff has dealt with the plight of the turtles in his new children’s book ‘Tiny Turtle Tim’.
The plight of the turtles in the Bundaberg region and beyond is the inspiration for the children’s book ‘Tiny Turtle Tim’ by author and illustrator Cavin Staff.
The book, Cavin’s first book written for children, was recently published at a fundraiser for Night of 1000 Drawings at the Windmill Café in Bargara and sold out within two weeks, surprising its creator.
“I never thought this would happen, from 250 books in my garage to quick sales,” said Cavin, confirming that there is now a second batch of 250 on sale.
Cavin said the verse story of ‘Tiny Turtle Tim’ focuses on the difficulties faced by the turtle population.
“The book is about respect and sustainability because when we intervene in nature and the nature reserves get smaller, there are unintended consequences,” said Cavin.
“The main message of the book is illustrated at the end, where it is: If we don’t talk to nature and its wonders, the coral reef weeps.”
The Zimbabwean-born artist said the story he calls the sea ballad came from his imagination what it would be like for a baby turtle hatched in Mon Repos, trying to overcome the chances of reaching adulthood.
He said the subject would continue in the sequel Cavin had already written but still complete the work of art.
“We see the turtles on the reef when they’re little adults, they’ve grown,” said Cavin.
“But how does this little turtle survive once it is washed away into the ocean and reaches the size that it can slide out into the great ocean? I don’t think anyone really knows. “
As Academic Director of the University of Queensland’s Rural Clinical School Medical School at Bundaberg Hospital and a retired orthopedic surgeon, Cavin enjoyed realizing his love of watercolor painting in the creation of the book.
“It was my outlet because surgery and medicine are very left-brain focused and I’ve found comfort and joy in painting in order to have a balance,” said Cavin.
“I’ve had a few shows and they’ve always done very well.”
Cavin said he had planned up to five books of Tiny Turtle Tim’s adventures, including his duck adoption and meeting with his brother Tiny Turtle Tom, and hoped the children would embrace the stories and the environmental messages they contain.
Given the speed with which his first book cleared his garage, Cavin looking for a publisher may get his wish.
Cavin thanked his daughter Nicky Staff, whose Night of 1000 Drawings event had proven to be a perfect start for Tiny Turtle Tim.