Sisters bring Pookie the Roo to life

Kristina, Sheryl and Deborah with their Pookie the Roo mascot Maddison.
Kristina, Sheryl and Deborah with their Pookie the Roo mascot Maddison.

WITH a plan to educate young children on the dangers and effects of natural disasters, three sisters and an illustrator from Clermont have self-published their first story book.

Deborah Gray, Jennifer Stevens, Sheryl Garrick and Kristina Modrzynski said their quest to release Pookie the Roo and Friends Survive the Floods was a dream come true.

Deborah, an Emerald local for the past 16 years, said it was thanks to Skype the four could communicate about the book as her sisters live in Brisbane and the USA.

The first Pookie the Roo instalment follows an albino kangaroo and her friends as they escape the floods together.

"We grew up in Australia and experienced nature's devastation from floods, bushfires and droughts... this was the inspiration for our Pookie the Roo children's books," Deborah said.

Kristina has lived in Clermont for the past seven years and said she had "doodled" on paper for as long as she could remember.

So far the women have sold about 500 books, and they are now for sale in America where Sheryl resides.

"We ultimately want to have Pookie the Roo in every school library in Australia," Sheryl said.

"Pookie is about teamwork, which we think is a great message to send."

Along with the books, the women have also released bright and colourful children's clothing.

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TO win a signed copy of Pookie the Roo and Friends Survive the Floods with a children's cap, send your name and daytime contact details to: CQ News Pookie giveaway, PO Box 259, Emerald, QLD 4720, or email your details to The competition closes on Friday, January 13, at 5pm.

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