The Millennium Tree
It has won 3 recognitions, including an Ashton Wylie Award, and it’s currently listed in 4 finalists in the Non-Fiction category of the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards. The author is Marnie Anstis of Opotiki.
I am gearing up for 2 days’ presentations in Whangarei next week at the Whangarei Public Library and at some schools – Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June. There will also be a book signing at The Strand, Cameron Street, Whangarei at noon on the Thursday.
Then on the Sunday I fly to Christchurch for the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards ceremony on 24th June at Addington Raceway.
I painted 36 illustrations for the book. They are all gallery-style artworks, size 15″ x 20″, and if you’d like to see more, you will find them at http://taketakerau.com
The book tells the story of a 2000 year old puriri tree at Opotiki, starting from its germination in the primeval forest, and following through its life as a home for the many birds in the forest, the arrival of Maori settlers, the arrival of men from Europe, and major developments in New Zealand and world history. The two streams of history are arranged with a timeline so that the unfolding of world events parallels the unfolding of events in New Zealand.
I was honored by a special award from the NZ Children’s Art House Foundation, as the Artist who in 2012 did most for children. It was a wonderful tribute, because children had a major part to play in selecting the winner of this award.
All through the work on the book, my main underlying concern was to make the illustrations a treasure house for children to explore, What a great validation of 12 months’ solid work.
This gets exciting!