Ruapuna farmer Christine Taylor has published her third children’s book and her West Highland terrier Jock is back exploring.
Called Jock’s Life on the Farm, the 54-page book features the trusty canine at large on the farm over the different seasons of the year.
The book is illustrated with full page colour photos taken by the author.
Mrs Taylor said the rhyming storyline used in the book is catchy and it doesn’t take long for children to recognise the story and words and to finish the sentences themselves.
Rhyming taught children about word families and the sound of the language, she said.
Previous books by the author have featured Jock on a road trip and on holiday in the beautiful Mackenzie country and the adventures of 102, a cheeky young heifer who tests the boundaries of the farm.
Mrs Taylor is a proud rural advocate and uses her books to promote farm life and the outdoors as healthy and fun places.
“Writing children’s farming storybooks is time out and a hobby for me.
“I love living and working on the farm and it gives me so much pleasure to share that life through my picture books.”
Mrs Taylor likes the slogan “there is no app to replace your lap” and is a strong supporter of parents and grandparents reading to children.
“I was reading my latest book to my two-year-old grandson and wasn’t sure if he could actually sit all the way through it.
“But he was so engrossed in the pictures and detail that when I finished it, he promptly asked if I would read it again – that just melted my heart.”
Jock’s Life on the Farm is available from Ashburton Paper Plus, Lushingtons and the Staveley Store, as well as other locations in Canterbury and the Mackenzie.
-By Mick Jensen