Carmichael’s Journey’ follows the migration of Carmichael the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo who, along with his parents, takes the long journey to the species’ coastal feeding grounds. There used to be many more flocks of Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos and food used to be much more plentiful, so now Carmichael and his family have to travel further to find food. Carmichael and his family stay on the coast for the warmer months until early winter, when it’s time for his family to return to their nesting site. Carmichael’s mother will lay another egg and Carmichael is looking forward to having a brother or sister. When they return they find that their nesting tree has been destroyed by forest clearing. Unable to find another tree to nest in, Carmichael and his family have to continue flying in search of a new home. Suddenly, they come across a truck and Carmichael’s father is killed. The book also teaches children about conservation, encouraging them to explore nature and plant a tree for local animals.
Shelly Fussell is an Education Assistant who discovered a love of working with children late in life. A new start in education gave her a renewed interest in literacy, and encouraging children to not only be aware of their environment, but kind and thoughtful toward the creatures that live in it. Our natural environment has never needed our voices to be heard more than now.
She is a keen gardener and has a head full of creativity, with many projects completed in and around her home. The publication of Carmichael’s Journey is a dream come true and she hopes publishers will be beating down her door to print her other books! She has several more written and many more in her head.
After living in various places across Australia, Shelly now lives in Southeast Queensland with her husband, their daughter and several furred and feathered pets. You can share her publishing journey and love of our native fauna on her Facebook page Shelly Fussell Author.