Jacaranda Magic

Jacaranda Magic


by Dannika Patterson and Megan Forward

Five friends are feeling bored on a hot sticky day. Just when they think they’ll never find anything fun to play, a simple gust of wind changes everything . . .

Jacaranda Magic is a unique rhyming picture book that celebrates imaginative play and highlights the value of boredom and nature in inspiring creativity.

Jacaranda Magic addresses a trend emerging from research in early education that points to today's Australian children struggling to develop creative, imaginative and gross motor skills due to diminishing access or encouragement to play outdoors

It is stunningly illustrated by twice CBCA Shortlisted illustrator Megan Forward and features a diverse set of characters playing in a relatable and inclusive outdoor environment.

It's a rhyming picture book that demonstrates a range of literary devices that can be tied to curriculum including: alliteration, assonance, meter and rhyme.

It explores the value and importance of boredom. It shows children examples of the wonderful inventiveness that can grow out of being bored. They need not rely on being entertained by other people, toys or technology when they tap into the unlimited potential of their imaginations.

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Publication date:
September 2018 (hardcover)
November 2018 (paperback)
Extent: 32 pages
Format: Picture Book
$24.95 (hardcover)
$16.95 (paperback)
Category:picture book 215x285mm 
Age guide: 4-7 year olds

Teachers' Notes


More than a joyful picture book that celebrates the power of imagination, Jacaranda Magicis a dynamic tool to help educators explore the value of boredom and encourage unstructured outdoor play in children, aged 4-9 years. 



Use in the curriculum: Jacaranda Magic can be used to address the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities of Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Cultural Diversity, Environmental Awareness, Visual Arts, English and Health and Physical Education. It can be most widely applied to key learning areas from Foundation Year through Year 4. 


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Jacaranda Magic - Dannika Patterson & Megan Forward

Dannika Patterson

About the Author

Dannika Patterson is a children’s author and freelance writer with degrees in Child Psychology and Journalism. She writes stories that engage, delight and linger. 

Turning her talents from an international career creating content for businesses, Jacaranda Magic is her debut picture book. Dannika lives in the bayside suburb of Manly in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and two young children.

Megan Forward

About the illustrator

Megan Forward is an author, illustrator and artist with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching specialising in Visual Art and English. As a young girl she dreamed one day of creating picture books and is thrilled to be combining this dream with a love of the natural world and the desire to share this love with children.

Also by Megan Forward:

A Patch from Scratch

All I Want for Christmas is Rain

Emily Green’s Garden.