Kim Michelle Toft

Silk Artist | Author | Illustrator

The World That We Want

A stunning interactive environmental picture book illustrating the unique ecosystems of Far North Queensland in Australia. Nine ecosystems containing 5 incredible animals build to the climax, bringing all 9 habitats and 45 creatures together for the reader to find. The story is a delight , a modern ecological nursery rhyme modeled on the classic , The House That Jack Built.
Toft’s vibrant and colourful hand painted silks make this a must have environmental picture book.

Extract from the book

This is the river
that weaves through the forest
that filters the air
that circles the world that we want.

ISBN 0 7022 3482 6 paperback
Suitable for early childhood and lower-upper primary

Extension information in the back of the book is excellent for school projects and general knowledge.

$18 Paperback


  • Best Non-fiction Picture Book – The Australian Wilderness Society 2005
  • Notable Book – Children’s Book Council of Australia 2005
  • Best Illustrated Children’s Book – Royal Zoological Society 2005
  • Green Earth Book Award – Honour Book USA 2006


If all books were as beautiful and as educational as this one , more children would be eager to learn about our natural world and its importance.

Australian Book Review