Sand Safari Book

For Sand Safari 2018, Surfers Paradise Alliance along with Surfers Paradise State School bring you a brand new educational book, drawing upon the upcoming sporting events taking place on the Gold Coast!

Written by Sunshine Coast mother and daughter team, Margo and Emma Gibbs, Henry and Ethan’s Neptune’s Games Adventure is the second book to be published as part of the Sand Safari series. It follows the escapades of characters Ethan the Octopus, Henry the Emperor Angelfish and friends as they train hard for the upcoming Neptune’s Games. Illustrated in popular locations in Surfers Paradise, the values of the storyline align with state teaching curriculum for Prep to Year 2.

Of particular value to students is the setting of the story in their local environment, allowing them to instantly relate to the story. It can also help to provide students with a deeper understanding of arts and culture as well as opening their eyes to the spectacular marine environment that surrounds our region. Themes of mateship, safety and respect are woven into this joyous and humorous story.

You can get your hands on a free copy of the book at all Sand Trail locations, at the festival merchandise marquee and from Neptune's Throne, the book reading sculpt on the foreshore. Get in quick as there are limited copies available.

Can't wait? Click the book cover below to download your very own digital copy!

Visit our page Mermaid Book Readings for all reading locations during Sand Safari (9th - 25th February) and Sand Trail (2nd - 25th February).

Learn more about Henry & Ethan's Neptune's Games Adventure

Would your child like to learn more about the themes explored in this book? As the storyline and overall values are aligned with Queensland Curriculum, teaching resources have been prepared for Prep to Year 2 in the areas of English and Science. Click on the links below to download additional resources to support your children's learning experience.


Henry & Ethan's Neptune's Games Adventure Reading Activities - Prep

Year 1:

Henry & Ethan's Neptune's Games Adventure Reading Activities - Year 1

Year 2:

Henry & Ethan's Neptune's Games Adventure Reading Activities - Year 2

Additional Resources:

Design a new Character to join Neptune's Games

Retell Template

Word Boxes

Sandy's Surfers Paradise Adventure

Are you keen for some more light reading? Sandy's Surfers Paradise Adventure is the first book published by Surfers Paradise Alliance and Surfers Paradise State School. Also written by Emma and Margo Gibbs, this book was written for the 2017 Sand Safari Arts Festival and features Sandy the mermaid. Click here to download your digital copy.