eBook to build resilience when parents work away

You can scroll down to download the free, research-based storybook and accompanying educational resources.

About this book

‘What do you do when you miss your parent? Rachael’s Story’ is a sister book to ‘Where is work? Harry’s Story’. Harry’s twin sister, Rachael follows the families in Harry’s book. She looks at how the children in the family feel when their parents work away.

Rachael also explores ways the children cope and keep themselves busy. She looks at how the children communicate with their parent is away and how they keep the relationship fresh, despite the distances involved.

The book has been illustrated by Tanya Cooper, whose work is unique.

Some of these have been released early on this page. To access all of these resources, please register to evaluate our suites of resources.

You can download these free resources:

  1. eBook: (***see note below) What do you do when you miss your parents? Rachael’s Story
  2. Educational Activities (Rachael’s) educational activities (including puzzles, puppets, matching games, card games, board games, sight words, sequencing and storytelling activities)
  3. audio read-along version
  4. audio read-along version (alternate version – see below)

    1. All eBooks, downloadable (printable) versions of the book, and online educational materials are free. You can also order a commercial, professionally printed:

      • A4 tough book (wire coil bound – slightly smaller than an A4),
      • A5 tough book (wire coil bound – half the size of an A4),
      • A3 Big Book paperback for teaching groups of children (wire coil bound – twice the size of A4), and
      • hard card stock Educational Activities pack (looseleaf).

      You are not paying for author royalties, illustrators, graphic designers or technicians. You are paying for a commercial printery (Fuji Xerox Australia) to do on-demand printing, a commercial bookstore (UNE Life Campus Books) to process and pack the online order, Australia Post, a $2 donation to Legacy Australia, and $2-3 for the ECDP project to host their website and continue to provide revisions and updates to the materials, and new resources. The postage and handling is a $14 flat fee for as many books and teaching materials as you like via regular post (so, think about ordering with friends, your organisation, your early childhood service or school). Express Post and International Postage is calculated by weight. Once you click on the link, scroll down to the advanced search, then search by typing ‘Defence’ into the ‘Title’ bar or the name of the particular book you are after.

***This book features many different families that reflect the diverse nature of families in Australia today. e.g. modern nuclear, single parent, multi-racial, blended and same-sex parent families. We realise that having the latter families in the book may mean it would not be used in some settings, such as faith-based educational settings or services. To ensure all children have access to this book, we have an alternate version available here: What do you do when you miss your parents? Rachael’s story (alternate version). The alternate version will also be available from the bookshop from 20.6.22.


We have tried to capture the diversity of Australian families. You can find out more about the diversity in the books by downloading this guide. Diversity in ECDP storybooks

Constructive feedback welcome

Please contact us with any constructive feedback about these resources because we are still evaluating them.

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Why are these resources free?

We have received funding from generous organisations that recognise the needs of young children who experience a parent working away. They also recognise the need to build community capacity to develop empathy and build capacity to support these families.

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