While sleigh bells ring, snow falls, and snowmen celebrate the holiday season in the Northern Hemisphere, in Australian back yards barbecues smoke with sizzling stakes and sweet juicy prawns washed down by chilled beer loaded into Eskies filled with ice.
Two entirely different Christmas celebrations for one amazing world where presents fill lounge rooms and feasts of lavish spreads deck the halls and lighten the wallets… even for the children’s author Dominique Daniels who shows that the very best things in life are always free.
Created for children around the world, Dominique Daniels (Dee) takes children to a billabong in the Aussie bush to deliver the message that no matter where you are in the world, no matter if you are rich or poor, the animals of Australia still have everything they need to celebrate on Christmas Eve, and so do you.
Titled “The Twelve Days of an Aussie Christmas” Dee presents that natures wonderland supplies everything that Swagman will ever need to celebrate the Holiday Season. Christmas beetles cling to the branches of trees as ornaments, fireflies light up the leaves in treetops, moths of brilliant colors decorate the foliage, plus the parade of animal visitors to the billabong… even Blue the dog. There is a veritable feast of animals and birds in Australia just waiting under the Southern Cross for kids to take to heart. Twelve white kangaroos pull Santa’s sleigh, Matilda, emu is the only animal to ‘run the pants of kangaroo’, and koala hanging onto Joey from a branch to celebrate this one very special Silent Night.
Author and illustrator of the children’s book, Dominique Daniels, had this to say about the series. “The Australiana series has been a long time in creation just waiting for the right publisher to release the series. The stories themselves come from pristine places of beauty and moments in time when words beg to deliver the magnificence of Aus. A story is never far away when you visit in the bush.”
The author went on to say, “Where else in the world are there such unique animals? What other country has such deadly snakes or laughing and screeching birds? Australian animals are an animator’s dream. I’m surprised no major movie production company has taken on these unique animals and scripted the characters for a movie. The day will come, that’s a certainty, and with God’s grace the production will gross the box office hits Sony had with “Open Season” and DreamWorks with ‘Madagascar’.”
Choosing actors for the roles, Dee offered, “Billy Connolly’s voice for the screech of a yellow crested cockatoo dying of thirst as it flies into a billabong at Kakadu. The setting alone at the Top End is pure magic. The brilliance of Robyn Williams as Roo would deliver this bounding animal to new heights. It’s been said many times before, this is truly an amazing world, and with the young generations spending more and more time engrossed in modern technology these stories are a link to the wonderland of beauty waiting just outside suburban doors.”
Dominique Daniels has created a series of eighteen Australiana children’s stories to be published by Rolling Seas in 2012. The first of the books “RooDooLoo” was published in October 2011, followed by the release of the children’s Christmas story “The 12 Days of an Aussie Christmas” last week. Why not an Australian movie production from Sony or DreamWorks to equal “Open Season” and “Madagascar”. The characters are surely begging to be cast.
“The 12 Days of an Aussie Christmas” carries the message from Australia that the very best things in life are always free… just as one very special baby was born on Christmas night to celebrate the Holiday Season.