Mid Canterbury dairy grazier Christine Taylor has used the antics of a mischievous heifer – No. 102 – as the basis of a children’s story, and copies are going around the world.
Mrs Taylor said she and husband Graeme were hands-on farmers on their dairy grazing property at Ruapuna, and the antics of 102 seemed like “the perfect opportunity for a children’s story book”.
It is her first book – but another may follow.
“Mrs Taylor said she created the book for grandchildren, and No.1 grandchild said the book should be published.
It has been and “she is so proud”.
She said she had fun putting it together, and was really enjoying the marketing.
Her book, Where is 102?, is available at Paper Plus in Ashburton, Hornby and Oamaru, in book shops and cafes in Geraldine, Staveley, Tekapo and Twizel. It is now also in “the Waikato.
Copies have been sent to Scotland, Ireland, China, Denmark – and “it’s only been on the market for two weeks”.
She said that as a child growing up there were always places to hide, explore and character-building lessons to learn.
“I enjoyed sharing that with our children and now our grandchildren. I believe children don’t need expensive toys to have fun and that only boring people get bored.
“”Daily chores on the farm can always be mixed up with a bit of fun and adventure, especially when the grandchildren are around.
“Imagination and mischievousness have possibly been the driver of the children’s story book.
“The mischievous heifer 102 seemed like the perfect opportunity for a children’s story book,” Mrs Taylor said.
The book uses photos taken on the farm.