The Perfect Pet

Sisters Gracie and Emma Van Donkersgoed pose with their favourite pet, Freddie, and the book they have created, The Perfect Pet. The youngsters spent a good part of two months creating the story and illustrations for the book which they will launch at Nabuurs Gardens on Saturday, July 20. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation in memory of their sister Sarah.  Charlotte MacAulay photo

Gracie and Emma Van Donkersgoed had heaps of fun this past winter creating their first story book ‘The Perfect Pet’ and it all started with an elephant.

The 8 and 10-year old sisters from Valleyfield were learning about poetry and exploring different art mediums at the same time during school.

The two are home-schooled and in Grades 3 and 4.

The idea of what would make the perfect pet was thrown around and the two went to work.

“It is important that school is interesting and this ended up being a fun way to learn,” their Mom Anne said.

A poem was fashioned and when Anne showed it to her fellow writers at the Montague Writers Group they encouraged her to make it into a keepsake for the girls.

The illustrations in the book are all copies of pictures the two girls crafted.

Gracie, who is determined to be an artist when she grows up said it was fun coming up with a lot of the rhyming words to create the story.

Emma enjoyed the picture making part of the project more and was the only one with enough patience to glue tiny bits of paper used for the fur of the tiger and the owl’s feathers.

When the finished product arrived it was decided to sell the books to help pay for the printing.

Emma suggested some of the money should go to help people. In 2014 the girls lost their sister Sarah.

They thought it was fitting to give $2 from the sale of each book to the Children’s Wish Foundation in memory of Sarah.

On Saturday, July 20 the budding authors will launch their book at Nabuurs Gardens on the MacDonald Highway at 10 am.

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