I'm so excited about this! So much love and work has gone into this little book and it's my dream that the simple rhythm and rhyme will go with you on walks in nature.
A Stick and a Stone is dedicated to my son Lachlan. When he was small he loved to stop and look at small details whenever we walked anywhere. When he was two our city, Christchurch, had a series of devastating earthquakes and our environment was changed immensely. Walking in a small pocket of ancient bush near the city centre became something we did a lot while we and our city recovered. Each time we went the bush had changed but it was also always familiar and comforting. Spending time together, slowing down and being in nature has stayed a permanent fixture in the mental health and well-being of our family. We still go into the bush together when we need to rest. The rhythm of the natural world continues to inspire my writing and my parenting.
Available to purchase now!
Illustrated by the fabulously talented Hilary Jean Tapper, check out her process and work on insta.
Sarina Dickson is a writer, artist and educator based in Christchurch, New Zealand.