Dr. Patricia G. Turnbull of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), is the author of Rugged Vessels and the landmark BVI “historical memory” title Can These Stones Talk? Awards and honors include a Summer Institute for Creative Writing fellow, University of Miami, and the British Virgin Islands Badge of Honour. Ti Koko and Kush Kush(2018) is her new children’s book published by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) says Jacqueline Sample, president of the indie press, “Ti Koko and Kush Kush is a brilliantly crafted story about a happy little coconut tree and a friendly, wise yam and the power of friendship and camaraderie in a small community,” said Dr. Nicole Phillip-Dowe, Head of UWI Open Campus, Grenada.
The poem-story style of the colorfully illustrated book blends environmental themes for a wonderful comeback story for children ages 4 to 9, and for teens and adults who enjoy reading to younger children. “Ti Koko and Kush Kush is also perfect for boys and girls still coping with loss of their homes or sadness because of hurricanes and other natural or manmade disasters and strife,” said Sample. “Patricia Turnbull magically weaves this precious work for our children” in Ti Koko and Kush Kush, said environmentalist Tadzio Bervoets. “The importance that the environment plays in our lives should indeed ensure that ‘Nature is our Future,’” said Bervoets, who is the managing director of St. Maarten Nature Foundation.
“Ti Koko and Kush Kush is a bright face of hope following the still visible ravages of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria to the people, houses, livelihood, and landscapes of various countries and Caribbean islands, including damages to the author’s home in Tortola,” said Sample.