I often wonder if my love and fascination with the sea and everything from it comes from a book my mum gave me when I was seven called "Storm Boy" (written by Colin Thiele). I couldn't get enough of it and mum read it to me over and over again. I was lost in Storm Boy's carefree world of living in a humpy on the beach, collecting shells, watching nature, being free (he didn't go to school) and being happy with very little. This filled my imagination for most of my childhood. My mum then took me to see the film and I was even more hooked.
I still have the original book she gave me and my own boys have also become lost in it.
At a market recently, I found a Storm Boy picture book and the illustrations (by Robert Ingpen) capture the words with such passion.
I'm lucky my boys are also happy beach combing, wondering, imagining and being lost in nature.
|Picture book version|
|Insanely passionate illustrations|
|The copy mum gave me in 1977|
|The book includes photos from the film|