The Mouse and the Octopus
This children's picture book tells an old Tongan fable about a mischievous mouse and an unwitting octopus. An origin story, its illustrations take the reader from a Tongan forest to the edge of a fringing reef.
The story is a parable to teach fishing lure design and exemplifies the knowledge contained within island communities. It also teaches children how the environment sustains us, fostering an appreciation for the Pacific's unique ecosystem and the need for its preservation.
12 full page illustrations, with small ink drawings that accompany the text.
Shortlisted for the NZ Childrens & Young Adult Picture Book Award 2017