New Frontier, 2018
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
“Mum, I’m bored!” announces Eva as she throws herself onto the carpet.
But when her mum suggests she uses her imagination, Eva has no idea what that is, although her mum assures her she will know when she finds it. So Eva pulls on her boots, gathers some snacks, a stick and her faithful dog Chops and sets out to find it.
On her journey she wanders through a narrow valley, explores a pine forest while a lonely cuckoo calls, climbs up a steep mountainside while the wind whistles, pausing to rest at the top before continuing on her adventure in the hunt for her imagination. Dark caves with scary creatures, bridges to rainforests full of ferns and vines and even a snake… on and on the search goes until she stumbles across a pile of books and seeks refuge on Mum’s knee for a story, convinced she can’t find her imagination anywhere!
As the excitement of Christmas and holidays pass but the hot days linger, every mum in Australia has heard the words, “I’m bored.” And probably responded in the same ways as Eva’s mum. Being bored is an essential part of life for not only does it mean we have to draw on our inner selves for the entertainment we seem to crave, but it also means we need to draw on our imaginations, our creativity, and wander into the world of “what if?” It helps us pose problems and solve them, taking us out of the here and now and into the realm of possibility, daydreams and wonder, through valleys, up mountains and into scary caves. Rather than fearing being bored (or having our kids be bored), we should welcome and embrace it as the portal to the unknown. Who knows what we will find!
This is a story that may mean children never look at their own homes in quite the same way again! Adventures can be anywhere and everywhere with just a little imagination -even if you don’t know you have one!