Phylys the Farm Truck
|Author:||Christine Fernyhough and Susan Elias|
Fun rhyming children's story about a new farm truck and her adventures. The folk at Castle Hill high country farm are not too impressed when they first meet Phylys, the new shiny, flash city truck. How will this gleaming new arrival cope with the steep hills, wide rivers and rough tracks? But Phylys has a twinkle in her eye and soon shows she'll give anything a go. She's not put off by a few skids, crunches, sheep poo, high fords, soggy bogs, getting stuck and heaps of hard work. And in the end Phylys is a hero - the plucky truck saves the day!
Christine Fernyhough, author of the bestselling memoir The Road To Castle Hill: A High Country Love Story, is well known as a leading Auckland philanthropist, having set up Books in Homes and then the Gifted Kids Programme for high-achieving children in low-decile schools. In 2003 she was a recent widow when she bought the legendary Castle Hill Station, near Porters Heights in the Canterbury Alps. She has since transformed it into a high-performing farm. The station came to more national attention in 2007 when she published the bestselling The Road To Castle Hill: A High Country Love Story. Hawke's Bay Today called it 'a warm and inspirational story of a woman bold enough to embark on an entirely new life a A tale of pluck and determination, it immediately struck a chord with Kiwis a It has received rave reviews, the most rewarding from potentially her harshest critics, the farming community themselves.' Then, with her husband John Bougen, she published Ben and Mark: Boys of the High Country and, in 2012, the picture book for young readers Dart of Castle Hill. Chrissie remains active in both rural and urban communities, is in demand as a public speaker, and in 2011 was made a CNZM for services to the community.