Snail fol­lows fan­tail

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Snails are of­fered a chance in the spot­light in a new book by Pukerua Bay au­thor Gay Hay.

Watch Out, Snail! is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Hay and Ti­tahi Bay il­lus­tra­tor Mar­garet Tol­land.

It fol­lows their first book, Fan­tail’s Quilt, pub­lished in 2011.

Tol­land said the aim of the books was to pro­vide read­ing ma­te­rial that en­ter­tained and ed­u­cated chil­dren about New Zealand wildlife.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant for kids to know about the en­vi­ron­ment,’’ she said.

‘‘We wanted it to be a re­ally ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

The for­mer art teacher is an ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor for Pataka Mu­seum.

She met Hay while teach­ing an art class, and was later ap­proached by her to il­lus­trate Fan­tail’s Quilt, which re­ceived wide­spread ac­claim.

Tol­land cre­ated 15 il­lus­tra­tions for Watch out, Snail!, which was com­pleted over six months.

‘‘I’m an artist, so I ab­so­lutely love it,’’ she said. ‘‘It was an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity. Com­pletely dif­fer­ent from my work here [ at Pataka].’’

Both books in­clude ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial to in­form chil­dren about the an­i­mals and in­clude an English to Maori glos­sary.

They are also avail­able in te reo Maori from page­break.co.nz.

A third book was in the works, Tol­land said, fo­cussing on the Wellington green gecko.

Kapi-Mana News

Watch out, Snail!

Photo: TALIA CARLISLE

Watch out: Porirua il­lus­tra­tor Mar­garet Tol­land with her lat­est book, Watch out, Snail!, writ­ten by Gay Hay.

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