EMPOWERING CHILDREN THROUGH STORY
Kate McCullough, aged 12 lives on a cattle station near Charters Towers with her sister (and illustrator!) Stacey. The ocean might as well be words away to her. but whenever she visits the beach, she is always enthralled and amazed by the huge waves and the cool air coming off the ocean. Kate has always loved writing. In her spare time, she likes to sit down and just write stories for enjoyment. This is her second book to be published.
Stacey is 9 years old. She loves to draw in her free time and the fried is always covered with illustrations. Stacey has faced some struggles of hew own in her short life, so she can relate tot the hardships the turtle had to endure and she has put that experiences and emotion into her drawings. Stacey also loves going to the ocean and learning about animals.
“On pristine Aldabra Atoll, in the Indian Ocean, north of Madagascar, where we first met, countless baby turtles had to get past many Striated and Grey Herons, flightless Aldabra Rails, Pied Crows, other predatory birds, and numerous ghost crabs on the beaches, and then survive the various large fishes that eagerly awaited them in the shallows of the sea every hatching season! This situation was so dramatic that Clifford wrote a scientific paper about it at the time Since then, we have witnessed similar scenarios, with hatchling turtles running the gauntlet of predators on tropical Australian beaches. Thus, we were delighted to read and enjoy Kate and Stacey McCulloughs’ accurate text and illustrations of this fascinating real life natural history drama and conservation message. Their writing and art also provide a meaningful source of encouragement to their peers with respect to what such young people can achieve with well directed passion, commitment and hard work. Well done!”
Drs Clifford and Dawn Frith Zoologists, Authors, Photographers