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Family tale comes alive in a new children’s book

TWO local dads have worked with leading Queensland community service organisation, Wesley Mission Queensland to create a children’s book.
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TWO local dads have worked with leading Queensland community service organisation, Wesley Mission Queensland to create a children’s book.

The much loved family tale of Arnie Doyle’s Hairy Feet has come to life thanks to Ross Skinner and illustrator Denzil Hildebrand.

“I have shared this story with my boys for many years and they love it, so I decided it was time to put pen to paper and bring Arnie to life,” said Mr Skinner.

Illustrator and psychologist, Denzil Hildebrand said taking the time to enjoy creative stories is important for children and adults alike.

“To imagine new existences or experiences, and to explore the untold parts or unexplained surprises that present in creative imagery, words and pictures is an exciting 'journey' that kids are great at taking,” he said.

“I couldn't resist the offer of illustrating this story, as it was fun and funny and it looked to be especially challenging to make Arnie's feet a reality - for him, for the story and the readers.”

Wesley Mission Queensland’s Director of Community Services and Child Care, Michelle Skinner said the book is already a great hit among the children who attend the organisation’s child care services.

“Our educators are passionate about early literacy and we know that sharing stories and imaginings is a way we can create connections and understand each other. To have a story written and illustrated by two dads in the Wesley Mission Queensland family is very special.”

Wesley Mission Queensland offers long day in centres at Chermside, The Gap and Toowong and offers Family Day Care, In-Home Child Care and is a provider of the Federal Government’s Nanny Pilot Program.

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