Nerang local Margaret Purcell has splashed a little fun onto the critical subject of water safety with her children’s book ‘Millie and Minkie Learn to Swim’, a delightful picture book about two young mice who live next door to each other, and like all good best friends, do everything together -including learning to swim.
Margaret, originally from Brisbane, ended up teaching dance in Canberra with her husband, before retiring to the Gold Coast six years ago. But writing has always been a beloved pursuit on the side.
“I have been writing verse for some time, entering local competitions with varying success, and featuring in several anthologies writing on both serious and amusing subjects,” she tells us.
Along her writing journey, Margaret discovered a particularly abiding passion for writing verse for kids.
“Rhyming verse is always popular with young children and can assist with learning and memory skills,” says Margaret. “And they are always interested in small animals!”
Water safety is an inescapable feature of the tale, with Millie and Minkie’s adventures inspired by some of Margaret’s real life experiences.
“I wrote [the book] after attending my young Grandchildren’s swimming lessons and I saw how important it is to learn water safety, especially in Queensland,” she tells us.