Book Launch 8_ Author, Neil Ray with CEO of IEM, Astrid Bakker

The talented children of the Hua Hin BECC School have contributed to a new book, The Magic Tree Doctor.  This new children’s book was given its first public airing on Saturday 7th September in Hua Hin. The Magic Tree Doctor is authored by Neil Ray and illustrated with drawings by children from the British Education Children’s Centre.

Introduced by the book’s sponsor, Astrid Bakker of Innovative Eco Management (I.E.M), Neil explained the origins of the idea to an audience of teachers, parents, and children as well as Members and the President of The Royal Hua Hin Rotary Club. Also present were visitors and the media. Displaying their support for the venture, the World Wildlife Fund Thailand, had a counter of badges and information on tiger protection. Chang Garden Resort of Chiang Rai also supported the project.

This book has a purpose.  Woven into the story are important messages about energy conservation, water sustainability and wildlife protection to name just three. It is set in a mango orchard irrigation project near Hua Hin, and features characterised trees which discuss the arrival of someone called ‘The Doctor’.  ‘Nosy Tree’ passes on information whilst ‘Clever Tree’ shares his knowledge. Overseeing all is ‘Grumpy Tree’. The book has both English and Thai text so it can be used in language lessons as well as a host of other purposes.

To conclude the event, Neil Ray praised the work of the children and spoke of a new adventure for The Magic Tree Doctor when he goes to sea and addresses the topics of overfishing and shark fin harvesting.

The book will be on sale directly from the publishers for 119 Baht, but initially several thousand copies are to be donated to schools across Thailand with budgets that cannot always stretch to new books.

For information on book purchases please contact Nichas-Ray Publishing by email:

For information on I.E.M and the irrigation system please visit:  www.

The WWF website is, and Chang Garden is