News & Events
31 May and 5th June 2013
Juvenile echidnas will travel up to 40 km to establish their own ranging area. Our 'Mrs Echidna' recently travelled much further, visiting schools in Far North Queensland - at Mt Surprise (4 hours west of Cairns) and South Johnstone (1 1/2 hrs south of Cairns). What a privilege to share with students from P-7 in these country schools!
Grade 3 Literacy class.
It's great to get feedback from teachers, showing how they have used 'Mrs Echidna's Dilemma' in literacy classes, and used it to extend the children's interests in other areas. Many schools were visited during 'Bookweek' - and now some have sent photos of the children's work after the visit.
Educational Workshops for 3-8 yr olds
With 'Book Week' in August, Betty conducted workshops in a variety of educational facilities. Betty has programs adapted to needs of children from Kindergarten to Grade 4 level, plus a program for ESL students.
University of the Sunshine Coast
Betty Johnston visited the University of the Sunshine Coast (Qld) on 3rd April to speak to students about her book 'Mrs Echidna's Dilemma'. Students from different subjects attended - those studying 'teaching literacy' and also 'early childhood studies'.
Released March 2012
Due to popular demand, two more patterns have been released - "Echidna Meets Blue-Tongue" in both stump-work and black-work.
3rd April 2012
Once again, Betty has been invited to speak to pre-service teachers at a lecture on teaching literacy at the University of the Sunshine Coast. 'Mrs Echidna's Dilemma', with its multi-modal approach, is valuable not only in teaching literacy, but also links into other areas of the curriculum.
A gift for all ages!
People constantly ask 'What age group enjoys the book?' The answer is ... all ages! People have reported giving it to adults, to school children, and to toddlers - and all of them have loved it! Have a look at these pictures....
Australian Wildlife Magazine Jan 2012
Mrs Echidna's Dilemma has been reviewed in many publications - and now it has been featured in the respected 'Australian Wildlife' magazine. It's great to see its value being recognised in the wildlife / environmental world.
I would like to thank Betty for presenting at our Book Week Family Night. The school community enjoyed hearing about the process an author goes through to produce and have a book published. Students are still asking for and enjoying Mrs Echidna's Dilemma.
We love 'Mrs Echidna's Dilemma'. Your art is amazing! We had a very good time and we hope you did too. Thankyou for the puppets and for coming.
Amy and Takoda
Year 3 Students
Betty has presented literacy workshops to Under-Graduate and Graduate students in Early and Primary Years at the University of the Sunshine Coast... She is a very talented and passionate educator, and I recommend her highly to school principals, parent's groups, and anyone interested in furthering the power of language, literacy and literature in classrooms.
Mrs Echidna's Dilemma is one of the most glorious books I have ever come across; unique and inventive.
Radio Presenter & Author, Tasmania
I want to thank you for coming in and sharing your work with the students at USC. It was exciting, engaging, and a great real life example of literacy in action...and you are funny!