meet yothi

Yothi is the new Mascot for Lovekins. The character Yothi has been captured in a beautiful and heart-felt children’s book The Grumpy Little Crocodile, co-authored by Jesinta Franklin and illustrated by Heath McKenzie.

Yothi is a grumpy little crocodile. He looks different to the other animals down at the river and this makes him self-conscious. After lashing out at his mum, Yothi goes on a journey meeting new characters along the way. Upon realising that all his new friends look different too, Yothi discovers that no one is the same and that’s what makes us all so unique and special.

Amanda Essery, the brand’s founder, had a desire to create a children’s book that would share important messages of self-love, multi-culturalism and inclusivity, values which are at the core of her brand.

THE GRUMPY LITTLE CROCODILE CONTAINS IMPORTANT MESSAGES OF MULTI-CULTURALISM, SELF-LOVE AND INCLUSIVITY, VALUES WHICH ARE AT THE CORE OF LOVEKINS

THE GRUMPY LITTLE CROCODILE

The Grumpy Little Crocodile was brought to life by award-winning illustrator Heath McKenzie and iconic Australian identity and new mother Jesinta Franklin, who co-authored the book. An advocate for indigenous affairs and recognition, as well as issues facing women and children, Jesinta leaned on her personal experiences to embed the book’s messages making it an educational and entertaining experience for families and children.

“Now I’m a mother, I recognise how important it is to read to your children; not only for their cognitive development and their own literacy skills, but for instilling really good values early on” said Jesinta.

BOOK THEMES

The book’s themes were important to Franklin who had a clear vision of what she wanted to portray.

“I really wanted the book to include the message that our differences are what make us special. I have a little girl who is indigenous, and I know there is going to be a time in her life when she might feel a little different, someone might make a comment about her heritage or the colour of her skin, so I wanted the book to have a strong message of acceptance for all children” she concluded.

Featuring native wildlife and fauna, this charming book is set to become a staple on the bookshelves of Australian homes.

The Grumpy Little Crocodile is a limited-edition children’s book available exclusively from the Lovekins shop.

10% of the books proceeds will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. For further information see our Lovekins Giving Back page.

THE GRUMPY LITTLE CROCODILE IS A BEATIFUL AND HEART-FELT CHILDREN’S BOOK SET AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF AUSTRALIA’S NORTHERN TERRITORY THAT ENCOURAGES ACCEPTANCE, DIVERSITY, AND TEACHES THE IMPORTANCE OF MATESHIP

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1. Remember, you are doing an incredible job, mama! I know you don't believe us. You glossed over reading those words, believing they were meant for someone else.
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But, Mama, they are meant for you🥰
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2.  You may not enjoy every minute, and that's okay💕
Somewhere along the way, we absorbed this idea that motherhood should be one blissed-out-so-in-love-with-my-child moment after another. While those moments do exist—and they are wonderful—they are not always the constant.
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3. You'll be confused by your body
Everything feels different and quite weird, to be honest. But just because it's confusing, doesn't mean it's not something to be immensely proud of. No matter how a baby comes into your life, your body will change because of it. It's moulding and changing to accommodate the new life that it is supporting. It may be healing and doing one hundred things to keep you healthy too.✨
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The first months of motherhood can feel a little isolating, but mama, you are not alone.
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From a village of other new mamas out there to lactation consultants, from your child's pediatrician to a therapist, there are people who are able to—and want to—help you. So please don't hesitate to reach out.
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5. Self-care is not selfish
New mom guilt would have us believe that every waking second should be spent taking care of our babies. But having a baby doesn't make you suddenly unimportant, or un-human. Quite the opposite! You need more care than ever before.
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So please, please do not feel guilty about taking care of yourself✨
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5 Real Truths About the Fourth Trimester: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Remember, you are doing an incredible job, mama! I know you don't believe us. You glossed over reading those words, believing they were meant for someone else. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But, Mama, they are meant for you🥰 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. You may not enjoy every minute, and that's okay💕 Somewhere along the way, we absorbed this idea that motherhood should be one blissed-out-so-in-love-with-my-child moment after another. While those moments do exist—and they are wonderful—they are not always the constant. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. You'll be confused by your body Everything feels different and quite weird, to be honest. But just because it's confusing, doesn't mean it's not something to be immensely proud of. No matter how a baby comes into your life, your body will change because of it. It's moulding and changing to accommodate the new life that it is supporting. It may be healing and doing one hundred things to keep you healthy too.✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How powerful is that? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. You are not alone🌸 The first months of motherhood can feel a little isolating, but mama, you are not alone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From a village of other new mamas out there to lactation consultants, from your child's pediatrician to a therapist, there are people who are able to—and want to—help you. So please don't hesitate to reach out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5. Self-care is not selfish New mom guilt would have us believe that every waking second should be spent taking care of our babies. But having a baby doesn't make you suddenly unimportant, or un-human. Quite the opposite! You need more care than ever before. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So please, please do not feel guilty about taking care of yourself✨ - Diana Spalding. @mother.ly ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lovekins