Kook Village

Because You Are Here Hardcover


Have you ever wondered what you are doing here or why certain things have happened to you? Perhaps you are here to light a path through darkness, speak up for those who do not have a voice, or create a more kind & just world? Despite what others may say: You Matter. You are Important. And your energy on this earth- right now- is exactly what the world needs, for we will never again know anyone like YOU.
“Because You Are Here” is the first book from Dr. Yasmin Salleh, an Australian children’s doctor who saw a need for supportive literature for kids growing up in our confusing and often times austere world, where they will face ignorance, intolerance, and prejudice and have to make sense of why sometimes bad things happen to good people. Join our story’s hero, the Slow Loris, as we journey together through vibrant and mysterious lands to meet magical and unique creatures, brought to life by debut Canadian illustrator, Amanda Merrifield.
Imagine living in a world where from a very young age children believed & were taught that they had a purpose, that their energy and being mattered, and that they had unique gifts that only they possessed to give to the world? When everyone lives Lit Up, the world begins to change…



  • About the Author: Dr Yasmin Salleh. Yasmin is a children’s doctor living in Sydney, Australia. Her best friend is a black & white dog named Peppi who rings a bell when he wants a snack & talks far too much nonsense. Her dream is to one day open a large sanctuary where all the animals & children can run free. She spent her childhood writing screenplays for her teddies, but this is her very first book.
  • About the Illustrator: Amanda Merrifield. Amanda is a Canadian illustrator inspired by our natural world and the colours it so often shows us. Her first art exhibition was in a gallery at the age of six, and she has recently discovered that art is truly what she is meant to do. Her vibrant imagination and love for our animals and plants is conveyed through her work. This is her debut children’s book.
  • ISBN: 9780645170702
    ISBN-10: 0645170704
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 3 – 12 years old
    For Grades: K – 06
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 32
    Published: 30th April 2021
    Publisher: kookvillage pty ltd
    Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 27.94  x 0.64
    Weight (kg): 0.41


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