Underwater adventures

2018-11-05 12:08

A new children’s book is not only sharing the wonders of the ocean, but also raising funds for those who provide essential services on it.

Publisher and children’s author, BD Harris, and creative illustrator Megan Bird bring you The Brave Turtle, a chapter book designed to educate and entertain children with an adventure story of family, bravery and a great respect for our country’s wild waters. Profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) to extend their water safety and drowning prevention programmes.

The NSRI approached publisher Imagnary House with the idea for their next fundraising project to be something that could both raise awareness of their cause and be something that children might naturally enjoy, Harris explains.

“Since the project’s inception, it was known that we were developing this for Sea Rescue and that all profits would run back into their institute. But our larger hope was that the book would carry fond memories for future generations, so that the water safety lessons subtly imbued in the text could last lifetimes.”

Harris explains that the book was inspired by “Sea Rescue and all it stands for”.

“The characters and story were born after hearing tales of the brave men and women who spend their days saving lives out at sea, or working to make the ocean a safer place. So, I searched for a while to find a story that would both reflect the power that water holds as well as the noble spirit and bravery in preserving life wherever possible. From out of this search, The Brave Turtle began to be developed and written.”

In The Brave Turtle, heroine Sam late one night rolls off her bed and finds her entire room flooded. And it’s not just her room, but the whole house is filling up with water as the world floods outside. Confused and cold, Sam is rescued by a wise little turtle called Neville, who takes her along the beautiful underwater highway, teaching her the ways of this watery world.

Floating on driftwood, upturned cars and general flotsam, humans and sea creatures work together to search for and save those lost in the floods.

Sea Rescue spokesperson Andrew Ingram says: “You will become part of the adventure that Sam and Neville have and soon grasp that there are a number of subtly presented life lessons in the book. Breathe deeply and stay calm. Think before you do something, and work together. Don’t rush into danger without a plan. These are all thoughts that Sea Rescue crew have at top of mind when they are responding to an emergency and are equally relevant to this wonderfully illustrated children’s story.”

The book also brings to light the plight of sea turtles, which are classified as threatened species.

Two Oceans Aquarium curator Maryke Musson says the NSRI also plays a role in saving these turtles.

“Through our turtle rehabilitation programme, we have managed to release about 78% of the rescued turtles that end up with us for treatment and recovery.

“This would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts, passion and dedication of our turtle volunteers. Through inspiring and educating others, we now have a massive network of people who care, including organisations such as the NSRI.”

 The Brave Turtle can be purchased at shop.searescue.org.za.




Two readers stand a chance to win a copy of The Brave Turtle. Email your name, surname and contact number to win@peoplespost.co.za with the subject line “TURTLE”. The competition closes at 12:00 on Friday 2 November.


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