Popular new local book

Leeza Irwin with Peter Clements at the book launch. Picture: Hemantha Monarawila.

Leeza Irwin with Peter Clements at the book launch. Picture: Hemantha Monarawila.

Local author Leeza Irwin was delighted to launch her book Chipps the Kestrel during the Art Feast Brunch Feast opening.

Deputy mayor Peter Clements was on hand to do the honours and he said “children were absolutely delighted to get a glimpse of Leeza Irwin’s new book”.

The book is about a real bird with a real story, and Ms Irwin has brought this inter-active book to life, drawing on her knowledge of wildlife and her wish to educate children about the environment.

Mr Clements said the book is educational and very enjoyable to read.

“Children can play different characters within the book, answer quizzes and colour in pages,” he said.

“The artwork for the book was designed and illustrated by local artist Nicholas Pike and the entire book was put together on Kangaroo Island by Desiree Jurges and Associates, using 50 per cent recycled paper.

Ms Irwin’s work has taken her to places such as the Territory Wildlife Park where she instigated and managed the wildlife vacation care centre which cared for children aged from five to 12 during school holidays.

She has also worked as a teacher‘s aid at numerous schools, as well as a guide at several wildlife parks and together with her husband Dave, she enjoys educating visitors to Raptor Domain at Seal Bay.

“This book has been a long time coming and was inspired by a little bird called Chipps, the main character in the book. People enjoy meeting Chipps when they visit Raptor Domain,” Ms Irwin said.

This 50 page activity book sells for $15 and is only available from Raptor Domain.

“It would make an ideal Christmas gift for children,” Mr Clements said.