Kim Toft is a full-time silk artist. One Less Fish, her first book, is a reflection of her love for the tropical paradise of far north Queensland and her desire to help the next generation understand the importance of its preservation.
The World That We Want is a beautifully illustrated and conceptualised picture book focusing on the natural world and wildlife of North Queensland. The illustrations throughout the book are exquisite and hand-painted on silk creating depth and detail that beckons the reader further into the story. Kim Michelle Toft conveys the complex inter-relationship between the environment and the creatures that dwell there, continually prompting the reader to focus upon ‘the world that we want’ and illuminating how intense and intricate a place our world really is. The vibrancy of the illustrations and the interactive style of the text create a message of hope that is reinforced by simple rhythmic language making the book suitable for very young children and adults alike. Toft provides information about the natural environment in this book that has obviously been designed to inspire a passion and respect for nature in its young audience. The World That We Want will have great appeal both to educational and retail markets and will be an easy and enjoyable book to promote within classrooms or from the library or bookseller’s shelf. The World That We Want is one of the best nonfiction environmentally focused picture books to have been published to date and should be on every bookshelf in Australia. Natalie Crawford is the children’s specialist at Dymock Claremont, WA. C. 2004 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors