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Ages 5 - 10
10 page colouring book
Spring 2021
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Curriculum Connections:
Autism Acceptance | Healthy Relationships | Family Relationships | Empathy | Self Esteem
Synopsis                  

A brand-new colouring book for ages 5 -10! We've adapted one of our hit shows for elementary schools, CELESTIAL BEING, into a whimsical colouring book!

Colouring books will be distributed free of charge to lower mainland elementary school classes in April 2021, while supplies last.

If you are interested in having your class on the distribution list, please email touring@greenthumb.bc.ca, with the name of your school and number of books required.

About CELESTIAL BEING:
Celeste is an Autistic* 9-year-old with a big imagination and a deep love for outer space. After experiencing bullying at school, Celeste is made to feel like she’ll never fit in on Earth. Searching for a place where she can belong, Celeste starts building a rocket ship out of objects from around her house so that she can blast off to “Celestia”, a planet where everyone sees the world the way she does. When Celeste meets Martin, a new boy at school who loves space just as much as she does, her adventure takes a new turn. CELESTIAL BEING explores the different pathways to friendship, and the importance of welcoming a wide range of human experiences.


About the Illustrator:‍

Cecil Ward

From their little place on Vancouver Island, Cecil Ward likes to draw whatever has captured their fancy in the moment, regardless of what housework has yet to be completed. They primarily work in digital illustration and character design, having a particular fondness for stories and folklore.

They’ve made a couple of children’s books before, although wish they could redraw every one that has long since been distributed, and are eager for the chance to work on one now that they have a better grasp on art in general. They’re also quite happy to be working on this particular story, being autistic themselves, and having spent many a school recess pretending to go on space adventures of their own.

They also have two cats. This is very important because they are the light of their life. ‍

About the Author:

Dave Deveau

As an award-winning writer, Dave Deveau investigates queer themes that speak to a broad audience. His work has been produced across North America and in Europe. He is the Playwright in Residence for Vancouver’s Zee Zee Theatre who produced his plays Nelly Boy, Tiny Replicas, the critically-acclaimed My Funny Valentine (Sydney Risk Prize, Jessie Nomination, Oscar Wilde Nomination – Dublin), Lowest Common Denominator, Elbow Room Café: The Musical (with Anton Lipovetsky), Dead People’s Things and Holiday at the Elbow Room Café. He is deeply devoted to developing intelligent, theatrical plays for young people that foster conversation. His plays for young audiences include Out in the Open, tagged (Dora nomination) and Celestial Being (Jessie Nomination) for Green Thumb Theatre, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls (Dora nomination) for Roseneath Theatre and the drag-theatre hybrid Parents Are A Drag (commissioned by Vancouver International Children’s Festival). In total, his plays have been nominated for 21 Jessie Awards, 4 Ovation Awards and 4 Dora Awards. He is represented by Marquis Literary.  He is published in Scirocco’s Fierce anthology and his first book called CISSY: Three Gender Plays was recently published by Talonbooks. He lives in Vancouver with his husband Cameron Mackenzie and their almost three-year-old.

*Green Thumb Theatre recognizes that there is debate within Autism advocacy circles regarding the use of “Autistic individual” vs. “individual with Autism”. In this matter we have deferred to Autistic advocates such as Lydia Brown who articulates a preference for “Autistic individual” in recognition that Autism is an integral part of their identity, not something about them that needs to be changed (https://autisticadvocacy.org/about-asan/identity-first-language/). We realize this is a deeply personal issue for Autistic individuals and their families and welcome feedback from anyone who is moved to share through the email outreach@greenthumb.bc.ca.

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Celestial Being Cover Page Illustration by Cecil Ward

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