Boo and the Big Storm

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Pre-school reading of “Boo”

I was recently asked to give a reading of my  children’s book, Boo and the Big Storm, to a Pre-school.

After doing this, I showed them what was needed for a rescue and why… clean cardboard box with air holes, a towel with no torn bits, another towel for catching, no perches, no water, make sure the box is closed and no noise  etc. etc.

The children were amazingly attentive and afterwards asked questions – “do I keep any of the birds?”, “how to feed them?” (had some photos to show them using tweezers), “did they bite?” and more …

In addition I was told about blue tongue lizards in the garden, a large hairy spider living in a boy’s bedroom, and an owl sitting on a fence post.

I was delighted so many of them were already interested in wildlife. My book had been read to them earlier this year and they loved it.

Hence the Pre-school asked me to visit and bring along 71 copies of Boo to be given to the children as a Christmas present from the Pre-school.

The Pre-school manager sent to me.

Dear Wendy,

It was such a pleasure to meet you!I would like to thank you very much for giving your time to read your beautiful book to the children and for sharing your knowledge on how to rescue birds.

This was such a wonderful learning opportunity for the children and all our families and staff appreciated your very special visit to our Preschool.I can¹t wait to give the children their books, it will be such a wonderful surprise for them all!

Best wishes Melissa

Summerland House Farm Christmas Market Day

Bella and Wendy manning the Boo stall at the Summerland House Farm [formerly House with No Steps] Christmas market day in Alstonville. It was a great day, well attended by many families and much interest shown in Boo. Thank you everyone.

Inspiring wildlife carers of tomorrow

Northcoast Advocate

Founding member of the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers, Wendy Lawrence, has written a children’s book. Wendy hopes it will inspire a love of native animals in children.

Members of the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers come from all walks of life, and bring with them a wide range of experiences.  For many of our members, wildlife and animals in general have been a lifelong passion.  One such member is Wendy Lawrence.

Wendy grew up on a coffee and tea plantation in India, and as a child was surrounded by animals of the jungle.  “Much of the surrounding jungle had to be cleared, so we would often rescue injured or orphaned animals”, Ms Lawrence said.  “As a family we would do what we could to help them”.Wendy’s love of animals persisted throughout the years, and for the past 20 years she has been the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers bird of prey specialist.

On her Lynwood property, you will find a range of aviaries, including the group’s 24 metre long flight aviary, where she rehabilitates birds as large as Wedge-tailed Eagles and as small as Boobook Owls.And it’s the small Boobook Owl who features in her first children’s book.  Wendy hopes that the little Boobook Owl, named Boo, will help inspire and teach children about native wildlife.  “That’s the main reason why l wrote the book”, says Ms Lawrence.  “I would love to think that the book will encourage children to have an interest in the animals around them”.

The book centres on Boo, a little Boobook Owl chick who falls from its hollow during a large storm.   Beautifully illustrated by another local, Glen Vause, the book is a delightful account of Boo’s adventure that follows and the role of wildlife carers.Released just in time for Christmas, Boo and the Big Storm would make the perfect gift for any child.

To buy a coy or for more information, visit

If you find any injured or orphaned wildlife, please call the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers on: 6628 1866 and for seabirds and marine turtles only Australia Seabird Rescue – 0428 862 852.  Check out our website at

Kids Book Review praises Boo

“Boo and the Big Storm is a delightful story of lost and found. Lovely little owlet Boo is swept away from her siblings by a strong wind. Boo, with her big, innocent eyes, calls out but her parents are away from the nest hunting.We eagerly follow Boo on her journey and genuinely care for her and a safe return to the family nest. The tension builds when a strange ‘monster’, Farmer Goodman appears and takes Boo away. Where is Boo going? Thankfully we soon learn that Farmer Goodman is a caring man who looks after Boo and when the storm passes, returns Boo home.” Read More

Paradise FM – Marilyn Perkins interviews Wendy

 Marilyn Perkins of Paradise FM does a wonderful interview with Wendy Lawrence about Boo’s success, the illustrations by Glen Vause in her new children’s book, and her wildlife work in general. Wendy said after the interview that it was great to be asked on to the show and talk with Marilyn about Boo … among other things.

Marilyn Perkins of Paradise FM