Au­thor branches out with new book

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Pa¯pa¯moa au­thor Re­becca Larsen will launch her sec­ond book in the same place as her first next week.

Re­becca has cho­sen to launch Ta¯ne Mahuta has a for­est in Te Puke, just as she did her first book, Row, row, row your waka in 2016.

Ta¯ne Mahuta has a for­est sees char­ac­ters Pu¯keko, Kiwi and Hoiho back in an­other story il­lus­trated and writ­ten by Re­becca, who is also EPIC Te Puke mar­ket­ing man­ager.

In her new book Pu¯keko, Kiwi and Hoiho ex­plore the for­est and read­ers can sing along with them to the wa­iata and join them as they per­form the ac­tions. Ta¯ne Mahuta has a for­est is sung in English and Ma¯ori to the tune of Old Mac­Don­ald had a farm.

Re­becca has taken this wellloved song and cre­ated a story that will help chil­dren sound out their vow­els, ac­com­pa­nied by her lively il­lus­tra­tions.

The book has been trans­lated into Ma¯ori by Justin Kereama and Ta­nia Solomona, and fea­tures a bonus CD of the song in English and Ma¯ori sung by Paul Inia with mu­sic by Richard Larsen. It’s the same team that was be­hind Re­becca’s first book.

All of them will be at the launch at Te Puke Pa­per Plus at 3.30pm on Novem­ber 2.

“It will be very spe­cial to have the whole crew there for the launch,” she says.

“Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust will also be at the launch to raise aware­ness of the for­est we have be­hind Te Puke and the work they are do­ing.”

Ear­lier in the day Re­becca will be at Te Puke Li­brary at 10.30am and will then read from the book at Fairhaven and Te Puke Pri­mary schools.

Re­becca was so en­cour­aged by the en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse to Row, row, row your waka it mo­ti­vated her to cre­ate her sec­ond story, with a mix of English and Ma¯ori plus a fully trans­lated ver­sion with fun ac­tions.

Re­becca’s in­spi­ra­tion for the book came from a fam­ily bush walk when they vis­ited a small for­est on the out­skirts of Opotiki called Huku­taia.

“It was a su­per-hot day, but when we en­tered the for­est we were well cov­ered — and the tem­per­a­ture dropped, and we en­tered a liv­ing world of wa­iata — bird­song, clicks and rus­tle noises. Ta¯ne Mahuta, god of the for­est and our pre­cious an­cient North­land kauri tree, is of course im­por­tant to note as in­spi­ra­tion. We vis­ited this tree many years ago and I re­mem­ber it be­ing a spir­i­tual and awe-in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Pupils at Arataki School will per­form a play in­spired by the book on Novem­ber 9 un­der the guid­ance of deputy prin­ci­pal and reo rua/bilin­gual classes team leader Ta­nia Solomona, who has of­fered Re­becca guid­ance on both books.

“[Pupils] have seen the books from be­fore they were pub­lished all way through to now,” says Re­becca.

Ta­nia says see­ing the process has been im­pacted on pupils’ learn­ing.

“Re­becca ex­plained the jour­ney she was go­ing on, how she wrote the book for her own tamariki, how she drew the pic­tures, what she had to do to find a pub­lisher and, of course, she shared the book,” says Ta­nia. “The tamariki were in­spired, and they loved the book. Their re­ac­tion was quite amaz­ing.”

There will also be book read­ings at Tau­ranga Li­brary on Novem­ber 13, Mount Li­brary on Novem­ber 15, Greer­ton Li­brary on Novem­ber 21 and Pa¯pa¯moa Li­brary on Novem­ber 28. All will start at 10.30am.

Re­becca Larsen with her sec­ond chil­dren’s book, Novem­ber 2. to be launched in Te Puke on

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