ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Gilbert's Potoroo (Ngilkat in the indigenous Noongar language) was considered extinct but a remnant population was rediscovered in 1994 at Two Peoples Bay. This simple story follows the plight of one male potoroo who was caught up in the calamitous recent fires of the area, and his rehabilitation and eventual release in a new sanctuary created by farseeing scientists and volunteers in another location. The illustrations are energetic and colourful, and capture the flora and fauna of the bush sympathetically. Additional factual material at the back of the book enhances the narrative text. Another laudable production from the CSIRO, who are bringing excellent nonfiction to primary-school-aged readers. Lindy
Penny Jaye is an award-winning author of books for children and older readers. From picture books to young adult fiction, Penny writes to find beauty, hope, strength and love in even the toughest situations. Alicia Rogerson is an artist and illustrator who spends her days painting and dreaming. Based in Bridgetown, WA, her studio sits within the rural countryside on a hill beside a forest. Inspired by nature, objects and collections of things, her bold artworks spark the imagination and remind us of people or places we treasure.