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Heroes of Black Summer

Kylie Miller Craig Sheather Karen Erasmus



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Australian Geographic
25 June 2021
It was an Australian summer like no other. Record-breaking temperatures and years of severe drought fuelled a series of bushfires that burnt across the country. The major fires peaked during December 2019 and January 2020 and East Gippsland was hit hard. Throughout Victoria, people started 'paying it forward' and doing what they could to help others in need. And many heroes emerged. Heroes of Black Summer is a brand new picture book illustrating some of the heroic, brave and kind actions of Australian people during the 2019-20 bushfire season. Each mini story captures a real life experience of the harrowing events from individuals and families living in the East Gippsland region. The book provides fire-affected communities with a tool to manage stress, anxiety and depression to support healing and recovery, and is also a great resource to actively engage with the community to gather and share their stories.
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Illustrated by:   Karen Erasmus
Imprint:   Australian Geographic
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781922388230
ISBN 10:   1922388238
Pages:   32
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Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Author: Craig Sheather is a travel and creative writer from Albury in southern New South Wales. He specialises in lifestyle writing about the outdoors, food and wine, luxury, adventure and family travel. He's authored two walking guide books; 'Best Walks of Victoria's High Country' and 'Best Walks East of Melbourne'. Craig is married with two cheeky young children so he has also developed a strong interest in children's books. Some of his family originated in the Upper Murray and he also owns a cabin in Khancoban so holds a deep connection to the region. Along with the Wild family (Sparky's owners), Craig is very happy to share Sparky's remarkable story of hope and survival. Illustrator: Karen Erasmus is an artist, illustrator and designer working in a beautiful bayside town near Melbourne, Australia. Her illustrations and designs focus on colour, character and story. She has been illustrating for publishers and businesses since 2011.

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