When Lily’s Mum tells her that she wishes she could build a bridge between their two homes, Lily and her dog, Woof, swap stick hunts for bridge hunts and set off in search of a bridge to Australia.
This is a charming and whimsical tale of a little girl, her furry best friend and a big imagination. Kiwis and Koalas is a beautifully illustrated story that will take you on a magical journey around Australia and New Zealand, stopping to sightsee along the way.
ILLUSTRATOR: Laura Bernard
Book dimensions: 25 x 26cm
Features: 24 pages, hardcover book
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
SARAH MILNE lives by the sea in Christchurch with her three-year old daughter and chocolate lab. After learning to walk and talk in Melbourne, Sarah’s family
moved back to New Zealand, where she spent her childhood and teen years growing up as a quintessential Kiwi. Her early twenties saw her set off on her OE, spending the next decade living (and dividing her heart) between Australia, England and New Zealand, moving back to Christchurch in 2016 to start her own family. During her pregnancy, Sarah contracted a virus which she was told could have devastating effects on her unborn baby. It was on this journey that she learnt of CMV, the most common cause of non-hereditary deafness and the leading viral cause of disability in newborn babies. Sarah’s baby tested negative for CMV at birth, but each year hundreds of babies are born with or develop cytomegalovirus-related disease in Australia and New Zealand, alone.
A debut author, Sarah wrote Kiwis and Koalas out of a need to bring Australia and New Zealand together in a story, filling a huge gap on our shelves for the hundreds of thousands of families split between our two countries. It was also an incredible opportunity to subtly normalise differences, because every child deserves to see themselves in a picture book.