Contributed Shailie Dubois with her first published book

Kids book combines power of spirituality, imagination

Shailie Dubois became instantly inspired with the local scenery after moving to the Sooke area

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child rather than an adult can have its benefits. Laws of physics don’t exist, every living (and perhaps non-living) creature can speak and is sentient, and the world itself is filled with magic and abstract wonder.

But then, it can be, because it’s a fairytale, and your imagination is the architect of your own reality, as well as its own characters.

It’s the same path that Sooke-based author Shailie Dubois chose to follow from start to finish with her first and newly-published children’s book, Dani, a story that fuses fantasy and spirituality into one tale.

“It’s about an imaginative young girl who starts her spiritual quest in her backyard, where she meets some colorful characters along the way who help her to overcome her worries and fears and doubts, and to realize that all the beauty she sees around her in nature is, in a way, a reflection of who she is,” Dubois said, who also painted all the book’s illustrations.

Dubois naturally gravitates towards working with children, having worked in daycare and teaching music to youth, all the while fascinated by their stories and imagination.

Originally from Barrie, Ont., Dubois moved to Sooke about a year ago, where she gave in to her lifelong desire to write and draw, inspired and driven by the local scenery.

The importance of connecting with nature is a big theme in Dani, as Dubois wanted it to be, allowing readers to look within and see what’s going on. Through that process, she hopes the book will inspire kids and adults alike to see how they’re connected to everything.

“I like when you can take an underlying message at surface value, but has a deeper element that could detract from it,” she said. “That’s what I look for in anything, whether it’s books, movies or artwork. There’s always something deeper going on.”

Facing the Sooke Basin, Dubois refers to her backyard as a source of constant inspiration, thanks to the countless variations of colors and the occasional marine animal that swims by.

No word yet on what her next piece will be, but she said chances are it will remain within the fantasy-magic realm.

The book is available in two places in Sooke: South Shore Gallery, Well Read Books and online, at shailiedubois.com.

news@sookenewsmirror.com

 

Just Posted

Victoria’s Belfry Theatre hosts its first ‘relaxed performance’ for a diverse audience

Performance of Every Brilliant Thing is first to pilot the option

VicPD catches impaired driver near elementary school

Citizens alerted police to driver near James Bay Community School

Car crash at Quadra and Finalyson Streets affects Saturday traffic

VicPD and the Victoria Fire Department responded

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

12 Sooke events to get you into the holiday spirit

From a Santa parade to classicial music, Sooke has it all

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

B.C. wildlife experts urge hunters to switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds

OWL, in Delta, is currently treating two eagles for lead poisoning

Most Read