Pen might­ier than haulpak, dad finds

Southern Telegraph - - News - Hay­ley God­dard

In an ef­fort to ex­plain to chil­dren what their fam­ily mem­bers do for work, a Se­cret Har­bour res­i­dent has writ­ten a chil­dren’s pic­ture book about ma­chin­ery used on mine sites.

Bod­ding­ton drive-in, drive-out ma­chin­ery op­er­a­tor Aaron White said the idea came to him af­ter his three-year-old son Tyler pointed to a reg­u­lar com­muter truck and in­cor­rectly la­belled it “that’s what daddy drives”.

He hunted for a chil­dren’s book to ex­plain what he did, but came up short, so opted to write and self-pub­lish Dave the Dump Truck.

“I had no in­ter­est in writ­ing books be­fore now, but I wanted to cre­ate a tool to help par­ents com­mu­ni­cate with their chil­dren about their job,” Mr White said.

“My col­leagues love it – it makes work­ing away eas­ier.

“When Tyler misses me, (my wife) Francesca reads the book to him and it makes him feel bet­ter.”

The story, which is il­lus­trated with pho­tos of ex­ca­va­tors, wheel load­ers, drill rigs and other min­ing ma­chin­ery used in Aus­tralia, fol­lows lead char­ac­ter Dave’s jour­ney around a typ­i­cal Aus­tralian mine site.

Mr White, who has been in­volved in min­ing since 2003, is now in the fi­nal stages of self­pub­lish­ing the se­quel, which pro­vides more de­tail about the role of the ma­chines.

“I want to cre­ate a whole se­ries based on ma­chin­ery in­volved in in­dus­tries such as min­ing and emer­gency ser­vices,” he said.

Pic­ture: Hay­ley God­dard

Aaron White with wife Francesca and son Tyler, 3, is pleased with the sup­port for his first chil­dren’s book Dave the Dump Truck and is in the process of writ­ing the se­quel.

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