Bilby to benefit from kids? book
TRYING to link the bilby to the many meanings of Easter proved a hard task for accomplished Cabarita Beach author Nette Hilton.
"It seems like it took half my life to write this book," Ms Hilton said at the launch of The Smallest Bilby and the Midnight Star at Kingscliff Library yesterday.
"But I think it will be worth it in the end if it helps get the bilby off the endangered list."
The children's book is the first of three books Ms Hilton plans to write about how the tiny marsupial is replacing the role of the rabbit in Easter mythology in Australia.
She said tying in the religious themes of the holiday period as well as Easter eggs was the part of writing the book that stumped her most.
"It just wasn't to be about Easter eggs, I wanted it to be about rebirth and other elements within the religious themes of Easter," she said.
"That sounds a bit deep for a children's book, but I think I found a way to explain the bilby's role in Easter."
While linking the bilby to Australia's version of Easter was not Ms Hilton's idea, she said her books may be one way to help save the endangered animal, lifting it to iconic status like the koala and kangaroo.
A large group of children heard Ms Hilton read her newest tale, with the library organising a face painter, sausage sizzle and the playing of folk music, to add to the day's Australiana feel. - LEONIE BRANN