Have you seen an antechinus? Win prizes helping to conserve them.

An Antechinus in the Attic colouring competition for kids aims to raise conservation awareness – with over $600 worth of prizes delivered in time for Christmas!

Have ever heard of an antechinus? If you said no then you’d be like most Australians who have no idea what this little animal is, let alone know how to identify one! This little dasyurid marsupial with butterfly ears and a hairy tail is often mistaken for a rat, so please don’t poison, trap or kill Annie if you find her in your attic! She loves to eat cockroaches and other insects and she will not bother with the biscuits or cereal boxes in your pantry, so please be kind to Annie the Antechinus. Being a dasyurid (carnivorous marsupial) Annie and her brother Archie are related to Tommy the Tasmanian Devil and Queenie the Quoll from An Antechinus in the Attic, which is a fun-filled A-Z picture book of endangered, rare and iconic Australian species.

Harry-book-spread1440This book is part of a conservation awareness and action campaign, to inspire children to get to know and love many of Australia’s little known and unique wildlife. Many of the species featured in An Antechinus in the Attic are on the brink of extinction, such as one of the characters chosen for this colouring competition, Harry the Hairy Nosed Wombat, with only approximate 250 of his northern species left in the wild. Gideon the Gouldian Finch, a granivore that relies on grassland for its survival and one of Australia’s most colourful birds, is seriously threatened by introduced species and habitat loss from fire and drought. Rachel the Rainbow Lorikeet loves nectar and plays an important role in pollinating native plants like the endangered Banksia vincentia, a very rare plant which is also featured in this humourous A-Z.

The premise behind An Antechinus in the Attic is simple – the stories and character we love as children can have a lasting impression on us as adults; and we always want to protect what we love.

“Together we can create a kinder and more compassionate world where head and heart work in harmony, and where we respect each other, the animals with whom we share the planet and the places where they life. I am sure this book will help us reach that world before it is too late.”  Dr Jane Goodall, DBE – UN Messenger of Peace

This book was launched last month with the biggest national collaboration for National Threatened Species day ever (with most zoos across Australia and many wildlife sanctuaries participating in the week long online event) and it is also being offered as a fundraising campaign for other NFP’s and charities, to help raise funds for their own conservation and youth projects. We also had 24 storytellers from around the world take part in ‘The Story of the Travelling Alphabet’ which can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0A_5p2g2Es, and a children’s entertainer in New York created an action song for the launch of the book as well  https://www.facebook.com/funkykidsradio/videos/929348064143505

An Antechinus is a National Threatened Species and this conservation and charity fund-raising campaign is a collaboration between the School Broadcasting Network Inc and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Australia to raise urgently needed funds to continue our respective youth and conservation programs

Enter the Colouring Competition:

Download the Templates for each individual age group:

ATTIC under 5

ATTIC 5-7

ATTIC 8-10

For age groups under 5, 5-7years and 8-10 years, this colouring competition is offering a total of over $600 in prizes and a little bit of research will go a long way to impress the judges with species accurate colouring for Rachel and Gideon. As for Harry, well his hammock will be lots of fun to colour for children under the age of 5!

1st PRIZE valued at over $120 including p/p

Limited edition numbered & signed hard cover copy of An Antechinus in the Attic, with personalised inscription from the author. Plus bonus Funky Kids Story Time audio album download (20 Aussie tales for children including the new extended version of An Antechinus in the Attic) PLUS $50 GIFT CARD from The Native Shop (valid to 31.12.21).

2nd PRIZE valued at over $65 including p/p

Soft cover edition of An Antechinus in the Attic with personalised inscription signed by the author PLUS $25 GIFT CARD from The Native Shop (valid to 31.12.21).

3rd PRIZE valued at $25

Funky Kids Story Time audio album download of 20 Aussie tales for children, including the new extended version of An Antechinus in the Attic.

Please email your entry to competitions@sbnpublishing.com by 30/11/20

WINNERS ANNOUNCED 07/12/20 with prizes sent in time for Christmas!

An Antechinus in the Attic is written by multi-award winning radio producer Viarnne Mischon, with stunning illustrations by bestselling artist Myke Mollard, and a foreword by Dr Jane Goodall, DBE. This conservation awareness and charity fund-raising campaign is a collaboration between the School Broadcasting Network Inc and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Australia. You can purchase An Antechinus in the Attic from www.nativeshop.com.au.

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