IT took author Reita Henderson three years to write and illustrate a unique 10-book series designed to inspire children’s imaginations.
The Colour Surprise Collection is a set of 10 adventure books, each named after a colour, based on the loving relationship Sophie has with Grandma and the fun they have once they walk through the magical Whimsical Gate.
The books are different to traditional children’s books with structured form drawings, Ms Henderson’s books use water colour paintings to encourage children to use their imaginations and create their own pictures.
The Helena Valley resident has almost 30 years of teaching experience across Western and South Australia.
The story of Sophie and Grandma started with Ms Henderson’s young son, to remind him of his own grandmother.
“I started telling Sophie and Grandma stories to my son when he was very young,” she said.
“We would snuggle up together and share stories so that he would have his afternoon nap.
“His grandma lives in Adelaide and so we kept her close in this way.”
She continued telling the stories to her class at Silver Tree Steiner School in Parkerville and later at Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie where she is now a visual arts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) teacher.
“The wonderful responses from so many children I taught, inspired me to create these books,” Ms Henderson said.
“Being an experienced primary school teacher has allowed me to understand the incredible importance of developing children’s imaginations so that they can create.
“I believe imagination is the basis of creating anything – imagination is infinite.
“The digital world is absolutely incredible, however, it all depends on what is being created or can be created using our imagination, it’s where all our ideas come from.”
To find out more visit www.colour-stories.com