New book from Wendy Francis – Turn, Think, Tell

Some of my working life was at Griffith University. I managed a research centre where one of the research projects our academics undertook examined the impact that public art had, both positive and negative, on a person or a community’s sense of safety, of peace, of security and of world view. What we see affects us.

I’m so grateful that, as a child in Sunday School, I was taught a song that said – Oh be careful little eyes what you see – there’s a Father up above and He’s looking down in love, O be careful little eyes what you see. It taught me that I had a responsibility in what I let my eyes look at; and that God knew what I was looking at, even if no one else did. My considered choices have protected me over many years.

My husband and I have been married for 40 years. We have 3 married children and 10 grandchildren that I would willingly die for. As our children, and then our grandchildren grew up, I took every opportunity I could to teach them what to do when they were confronted with images or concepts that they knew were wrong; that they knew their parents would not approve of; that made them uncomfortable, even if they didn’t understand why. Because it’s no longer IF our children see inappropriate, often violent, and highly sexual imagery. It’s WHEN.

I’m so pleased to present to you my book – Turn, Think, Tell, with its beautiful illustrations by Joy Weatherall. It’s written for 4-8 year olds but I believe its message and simple guideline to follow is something we can all benefit from.

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