BOOK CLUB

Good reads about sci­ence, but­ter­flies and Kakapo

Little Treasures - - CONTENTS -

WHAT IN­SPIRED YOU TO WRITE SE­CRET WORLD OF BUT­TER­FLIES?

Court­ney: Se­cret World of But­terf lies is the brain­child of Auck­land Mu­seum. They got in con­tact with me and the rest hap­pened or­gan­i­cally. I have al­ways loved na­ture, so it felt great to be in­volved in this project. Giselle: Auck­land Mu­seum de­scribed the premise of the book. They spoke about but­ter­flies in great de­tail, dis­cussing facts that I wasn’t even aware of. I was so ex­cited to get started.

COURT­NEY, YOU’RE A FIC­TION WRITER. HOW WAS WRIT­ING A KIDS BOOK DIF­FER­ENT?

Court­ney: I write po­etry, so I wanted to write a book that was rhyth­mic and fun but also ed­u­ca­tional. It’s such a dif­fer­ent process to write for kids. There’s less space, fewer words and you’re work­ing with an il­lus­tra­tor.

GISELLE, DID IT TAKE A LOT OF RE­SEARCH ON YOUR PART?

Giselle: It was 50/50. Auck­land Mu­seum were great if I needed spe­cific in­for­ma­tion, like what a but­ter­fly face looked like, or the species. Some­times the dif­fer­ence is small, hav­ing them there to fact check was help­ful.

READ­ING AS AN ADULT, I FOUND IT ED­U­CA­TIONAL

Court­ney: It was eye open­ing – you think but­ter­flies are serene and pretty two-di­men­sional crea­tures when in fact they’re ad­ven­tur­ous and a lit­tle naughty. It’s nice to give them some depth. Giselle: I do a lot of work for en­vi­ron­men­tal and con­ser­va­tion projects, so it was im­por­tant to me to put em­pha­sis upon the beauty of the un­known. This project showed how in­ter­est­ing but­ter­flies are.  Visit the Se­cret World of But­ter­flies ex­hi­bi­tion at Auck­land Mu­seum (9 June 2018 - 26 May 2019)

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