"Essentially I wanted to create a story about following your heart and recognising that it will always lead you in the right direction," Dimity says. "I wanted to explore the outcomes of one adventurous spirit who threw caution to the wind and took off into the unknown…alone. This yearning – to explore – reflects the behaviour of many young children. Pippa seemed the perfect character choice to portray feelings of wanting to 'take flight and get away'. Originally, Pippa was Columbus in reference to a homing pigeon's scientific name, Columbia livia and in homage to one of our other great explorers and risk-takers, Christopher Columbus."
Through the story of Pippa, Dimity wants to encourage young children to take risks from time to time, as long as they're safe and legal! Because if "we didn't venture to extend ourselves, try new things, and risk failure now and then, we might miss out on some truly wonderful and unexpected new discoveries."
Pippa's tale also has a subtle sub-message for parents and carers. "As a parent I understand the line between protecting and smothering can be wobbly and ill-defined at times," Dimity explains. "But I believe it is beneficial for youngsters to experience the realities of life even when there's a possibility they are not all pleasant. It boils down to the adage; if you don't let them jump, how will they know if they can fly or not. Luckily, Pippa learnt to fly fast!"