Auck­land au­thor launches a whale tale

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY FITZGERALD

A whale tale from a Mead­ow­bank au­thor is all about over­com­ing ob­sta­cles and dream­ing big.

Clau­dia Gibb has just re­leased a chil­dren’s book Minty wants to go to New York City which is all about get­ting to where you want to be.

‘‘This book is a whale tale about fol­low­ing your dreams, hav­ing the courage to do the right thing, and sav­ing our pre­cious oceans,’’ Gibb says.

Gibb struck up a col­lab­o­ra­tion with graphic artist Camila Abon­dano, and to­gether they have pro­duced and pub­lished Minty wants to go to New York City.

Gibb and Abon­dano hope to in­spire young peo­ple aged be­tween 4 and 10 to be­come big dream­ers, just like Minty the Whale.

Minty seeks ad­ven­ture and dreams of tak­ing a trip to the Big Ap­ple. Minty sets out to New York from New Zealand and takes the reader on an ad­ven­ture across the oceans of the world.

Gibb knows a thing or two about goal-set­ting.

When she was 8 years old she wrote down her life goals and sec­ond on the list af­ter ‘‘movie star’’ was to live in New York City.

‘‘When I was 18 dur­ing my last year of high school I achieved that goal, by earn­ing a schol­ar­ship to Up­state New York,’’ she says.

Gibb fell in love with Brook­lyn af­ter her stud­ies took her there.

But Gibb’s time in New York was short­ened sud­denly due to a health con­di­tion with her eyes.

The New York dream was over. She had to re­turn to New Zealand for treatment and re­fo­cus her dreams.

While liv­ing in Mead­ow­bank, Gibb still had New York on her mind and a be­lief in dream­ing big. This is when she met Abon­dano and their col­lab­o­ra­tion started.

The book was writ­ten and printed in Auck­land and is on sale at Pa­per Plus stores in­clud­ing Mead­ow­bank.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to minty­wantsto­

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