Graeme Base created this sensitive illustration of our koala – parent and child – caught in the bush fires. Despite the ravages of the fires Graeme brings hope with the small new leaves growing from the burnt trees and the bonding of parent and child.
A world of ashes leached of life.
The colours swept away.
A paradise lies lost beneath a shroud
Of ashen grey.
And yet in time the veil will fall.
The stream once more will flow,
New life will surely grow.
With thanks to Gaeme for being part of the world community of children’s writers and illustrators of and sharing with the children of the Victorian fires.
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