Thursday, November 16, 2006 – At a time when computer related activities
seem to provide stiff competition to the habit of reading, a local writer has
launched a publication marrying the two pursuits.
The book entitled “Tarik and the Island of Adventure” is written by Mrs. Lee
Kessel, retired lecturer of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and is set in
a local context, with the use of St. Lucian locations and many folklore
Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, in keeping with her
support for the arts, culture and reading, hosted the launching of the book at
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Ms. Esther Braithwaite,
commended the author saying her book offers a special treat to the imagination
of young readers.
“A Saint Lucian writing about the book Tarik and the Island of Adventure, is
indeed inspiring. I believe it caught the children's interest and I do hope the
book gets more students' and schools' interest, especially during reading month.
We certainly endorse the book and we look forward to having the children read
more of it,” Ms Brathwaite said.
The education official says she would like to see more local writers embark on
projects of this nature. The book is available at local book stores island wide.