Tales goes east
“Tales of the Full Moon is dedicated to those who strive to protect the wild treasures that have been put into our care” Daktari Sue
This is as relevant now as it ever was while we teach the next generation about the importance of their role as custodians of the wild and its many creatures.
The book has now been published in Mandarin by Beijing-based media company, Xinhua, and is available here.
It is our wish that, in time, it will reach out and be read by some of the 230 million children under the age of 16 living in China, fulfilling a need for conservation awareness among the young. Indeed, we can only conserve that which we love.
Sue Hart was a writer of children’s stories always keen to attract children into the world of animals in whatever way she could. In one of her autobiographies about her life as a vet in Africa she wrote:
Writing for children had come out of itself, for my twosome had been reared on my own invented stories from the time they could understand what I was telling. I had had no intention of ever committing them to paper until one day my son Guy, then very small, and at the argumentative and critical stage, had interrupted my story about the zebra who had lost her stripes by insisting that I had told it differently on the previous occasion.
“You must commit to paper” so I did write them down. I wrote more and more and tested my material on many children of different ages. They and they alone were my judges. If they wept too profusely, or if they did not once change expression, into the waste-paper basket the pages would go, torn to shreds. It would take me a long time to become a confident children’s writer, so confident that I myself would know what was suitable without consulting my infantile judges.