Elly's Adventure in the Animal Park
Elly's Adventure in the Animal Park
Elly’s Adventure in the Animal Park was inspired by an incident on a trip through the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Right by our bus I saw a beautiful sight: a young deer was gambolling around a butterfly, I was overcome with delight, and called the binocular-staring rest of my group.
But they merely looked at the charming scene dispassionately, then without a word resumed to their binoculars in the quest for big game. I was struck by their lack of appreciation for the beauty of smaller animals and insects, and wanted to inspire young people to notice all the wonders of the natural world.
The result was a story written for my children when they were young. Recently I decided to illustrate this, and publish a new version because the book’s strong ecological message was ever more pressing. An added bonus is the integral audio QR which includes a reading of the story, an introductory song and insect noises as bleeps on the turn of pages. It has been translated into nine languages.
The story is about Elly who goes to the animal park and only wants to see big animals.
The small creatures stress that they have value too. He stubbornly refuses to see why bees, butterflies and other small creatures are of interest to him. Clever snake suggests they all disappear from the park, and then Elly sees what the world would be like without them. It is quite dramatic and sad as the flowers, close and droop, trees lose their leaves and even the sun goes behind a cloud. Luckily Elly realises his mistake and calls them back. the story ends very happily with a pretty watercolour of all the small creatures, as well as a butterfly whispering that large or small, "everything matters”. I especially enjoyed doing the watercolour illustrations which I think convey the beauty of nature and also are attractive to small children.The book is endorsed by Paul Hetherington of the invertebrate conservation society Buglife and David Attenborough has written "I hope it is a big success in spreading the message of conservation to the new generation."
Ecological, Environment, Educational, Beautiful, Nature, Ant, Bee, Honey, Leaves, Tree, Rhino, Zebra, Hippo, Lion, Elephant, Flowers.
Linda Nissen Samuels
South African born Linda Nissen Samuels, has always been aware of the beauty of the natural world around her. She has two great passions: art, and the preservation of nature. This is clearly demonstrated through the subject matter of her paintings.
As an artist she ran her own gallery in London, and has had several one-woman exhibitions in both England and France. Her work has been exhibited at the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and The Royal Society of Marine Artists .She has been awarded eight medals – including 5 golds - at the International Grand Prix of Art in Cannes.
Her African landscape images used by the charity WaterAid for their annual greeting cards have proved extremely popular worldwide, raising substantial funds to support the provision of safe water.
‘Elly’s Adventure in the Animal Park’ is the first in her ‘Elly’s Ecology’ series. It is a picture book about the conservation of insects and Elly’s realisation of how important they are to the survival of this beautiful planet. ‘Elly’s Adventure Down by the Sea’ continues the theme, with a simple, beautifully illustrated story, of how young Elly learns about the dangers of plastic to the ocean, while building sandcastles with his friends.
The beautiful, fluid illustrations in Elly’s Adventure in the Animal Park draws us into a captivating journey, which promotes the importance of the natural world and our role in appreciating and protecting it. Elly is shown the importance of all creatures both small and large and the devastating impact it would have if the smaller creatures of this world were to disappear. This is a valuable educational tool for any parent, guardian or educator in opening-up a conversation around conservation and animal welfare.