Tiger’s tale to be launched

Whanganui Midweek - - HEALTH & WELLBEING -

Tiger and the Talk­ing Pond is a new book by lo­cal writer Wendy Ward. It is a chil­dren’s story of a res­cued kit­ten’s ad­ven­tures on a farm and what he dis­cov­ers about the talk­ing pond. The book launch will be at Spring­vale Play­cen­tre on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9 at 2pm.

“Tiger and the Talk­ing Pond started out as a story for my grand­chil­dren,” Wendy says. “I dis­cov­ered and res­cued a mother cat and four kit­tens from where they lived un­der the church in Tau­marunui.

“We ended up keep­ing Tiger, and this is based on what hap­pened to him as he grew up.”

Af­ter mov­ing back to Whanganui, Wendy met il­lus­tra­tor Mar­ion Rain­forth and pub­lisher Jenn Fal­coner, and the book is the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween them.

It is an il­lus­trated, hu­mor­ous story suit­able for 7 to 10-yearolds. The story about the res­cued kit­ten in­cludes top­ics of kind­ness, mak­ing mis­takes, sec­ond chances, be­ing re­silient in the face of dif­fi­cul­ties and the im­por­tance of solv­ing prob­lems to­gether.

Wendy has had sev­eral ar­ti­cles and po­ems pub­lished, and was short­listed as a prize win­ner in the na­tional Ash­ton Wylie Mind, Body and Spirit award. While this is her first pub­lished chil­dren’s story, she has writ­ten tales of life on the farm in Tau­marunui.

There will be SPCA kit­tens at the launch.

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Wendy Ward and her book Tiger and the Talk­ing Pond. The book will be launched this Sun­day.

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