About the Book
This book is a special edition of the last publication Sophia produced with her husband, Eddy. It has been presented here to ensure that the spirit of Sophia, who inspired so many when she was alive, continues. It is through these pages she speaks to us still.
It opens a door into the world of children living in Southern Thailand through picture stories illustrating the everyday and the extraordinary in their lives. Although at first they may seem simple, a closer look at the details in the pictures reveals the intimacy of their experiences of their homes and livelihoods. Whether it's the finely drawn fishing net or the carefully placed crab, the detailed drawing of a long-tail boat, or the finishing touches added to household cooking equipment, these drawings can bring you in to the world of a Southern Thai village.
Prepared as part of a coastal resource management project, the stories presented in this book tell of changes in the life and times of coastal villages over the past several decades. They illustrate the children's awareness of, and concern for, the rich habitats of inland forests, mud flats, mangroves, delta waterways and shores.
I went travelling with Sophia Buranakul, then Wigzell in 1989 and since then we have lived almost parallel lives, she in Thailand and me in the Philippines. I started working with communities earlier than Sophia, and used what little savings I had to go to her wedding in Thailand in 1997. As time progressed we both worked on community resource management issues, and then had the good fortune to be on the same project in 2006 and 2007 in Southern Thailand and it was here that I shared a house with her and her family, Eddy and Ella. The pictures of places we shared together during that time our my contribution to this book