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Storm Halbich releases his second book

Storm Halbich releases his second book

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At 12 years old, he has two published books under his belt and is already working on his third one. Storm Halbich, a student of the St. Vincent Grammar School, has launched his second book ‘Colours of My Country St. Vincent and the Grenadines’, a souvenir colouring book.{{more}}

“My first book was about tourism, our sites and keeping the environment clean. The second book, we want to do the same thing, but just in a more fun and interactive way,” Storm said during an interview with SEARCHLIGHT on Friday, November 19.

The 24-page book features drawings of places in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, including the Kingstown Market and tourism and historic sites. It also features information on the heritage and culture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as interactive activities such as mazes, puzzles, and connect-the-dot drawings.

Speaking of the feedback he received, Storm who designed and illustrated the book stated that many persons have learnt about St. Vincent and the Grenadines just by reading it.

“Like some of the people who read this book didn’t know that the national drink was the golden apple drink, or like where the colours of the flag went,” he said.

Storm’s mother Kim Halbich, who edited the book, added that it can be used by students from grades one through three. Storm stated that the idea for the book came about as both he and his mother realized that there was a limited supply of books in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for young children. They decided that a colouring book was the best way to go.

“Well me and my mom, we didn’t really see that many books for younger kids. For that age group on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, we thought that it would be a good idea,” Storm explained.

Commenting on Storm’s achievements, Kim stated that she is very proud of her son, adding that he seems to be enjoying the experience of being a published writer. As for Storm’s career possibilities, he hopes to one day become an architect as he has a keen interest in drawing.

Storm extended thanks to the Centre for Enterprise Development Inc. and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority for assisting with the printing of the book. He also thanked Andrea Bowman, Principal of the Girls’ High School, and Bassy Alexander, Folklorist, for their contribution to the book.

The book was started in the summer of 2009 and was officially launched on Wednesday, November 17.The book is available in book stores across St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as from Fantasea Tours. The cost is $10.