Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)

Liam Tait, 6, publishes book

- ANATHI MLONYENI anathi.mlonyeni@inl.co.za

LIAM Tait, a learner at Holy Cross Primary School and a member of George Library, is now a published author.

He is the youngest patron of the George Library, if not George, to publish a book.

The book, The Dream of Animals, is about animals.

The youngster, who is only turning 7 in November, wrote the typical entrylevel book as a June holiday project while he was with his aunt, Rehelda Williams.

Williams was also the one who encouraged Liam to write down his thoughts. “He specifical­ly used words he could spell and knew,” said Williams.

Liam also got a chance to read his book to his classmates at the launch and other patrons. “I wrote the book because I like animals,” said Liam.

Liam's mom, Phyona Tait, smiled from ear-to-ear with the launch of Liam's book at George Library during Literacy Month.

Tait said that Liam was their shining light and thanked his aunt who encouraged him. Tait also said that he used his artwork in the book as well. “His first words when he saw the book were, “I'm an author and he is also very interested in the sales.”

She further said they were very proud and blessed to be part of what Liam had created. His new interest was gemstones, and maybe there was another book on the horizon.

Liam's father, who passed away from Covid-19 in December 2020, was a detective at George SAPS.

Children's librarian, Garelene Muller, said Liam was a true inspiratio­n and a beacon of hope to other youngsters.

“Through what he's achieved, others can see nothing is impossible. I always say to the children you can be small but mighty,” said Muller.

Mayor William Leon van Wyk congratula­ted Liam on his first book.

“You are the only 6-year-old that I know of who has done this. Your family and Holy Cross must be super proud of you.

“I look forward to reading The Dream of Animals," he said, adding that he hoped this was the start of a long successful literary career.

The book was self-published and printed by blending.co.za. It is available on Amazon.com and Kindle. If you want printed copies of the book, call Phyona Tait on 082 553 0052.

 ?? | Facebook ?? LIAM Tait at the launch of his first book titled ‘The Dream of Animals’.
| Facebook LIAM Tait at the launch of his first book titled ‘The Dream of Animals’.

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