Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Geoff Chapple launches Te Araroa children’s book
Geoff Chapple, the founder of Te Araroa/The Long Trail, launched the exciting new children's picture book by Duck Creek Press to a large and lively crowd at the Mt Eden Village Centre on Saturday. Lillibutt's Te Araroa Adventure is written by former Secretary for Education Maris O'Rourke and beautifully illustrated by artist and filmmaker Claudia Pond Eyley.
In launching the book Geoff said he had always hoped Te Araroa would become an integral part of Kiwi culture and this book exemplified that dream was becoming a reality. He also said that as soon as you read this delightful story of struggle and perseverance you know the person who wrote it has actually done the walk!
Maris tested drafts of the book with children from the Parnell District School and several were at the launch, including two of the children, Edward Nelson and Sylvia Orr, who feature in the book helping Lillibutt on her way south from Cape Reinga to Auckland. Claudia found the models for Lillibutt the Kunekune pig at the Auckland Zoo where Alma and Neena, Lillibutt's cuzzies in the book, go for walks each day with their keepers.
This book is the second in the Lillibutt series following on from the successful Lillibutt's Big Adventure where she walks the Camino de Santiago, the famous pilgrimage in Spain, just as the author did.
Both books are available from bookshops.
Below - Claudia Pond Eyley talking with guests.