“This book is for all Shetlanders who carried their home in their hearts when they crossed the seas to find new lives in new lands.” This is the dedication in Gay Hay’s latest children’s picture book.
The Mouat family, Robert and Barbara, left Shetland in1922 with their first five children; They travelled to New Zealand and settled in Timaru. Like the puffins that come and go with the seasons, Shetlanders continue to feel the strong tug of their homeland. The idea for this story was launched from John and Gay’s family returning to Shetland and their daughter feeling a strong sense of identity and heritage.
The illustrator, Sarah Harmon, from a strong Scottish background, visited Shetland to immerse herself in the landscapes, the wool and the people. Her magical images have so much to explore. The special extra story of the puffin’s year adds an appealing touch to the story, inviting readers to look more carefully.
Watch Out, Snail!
Go, Green Gecko!
Watch Out, Snail!
Go, Green Gecko!
A gorgeous children’s picture book that tells a classic indigenous story – a fantail, a rat, a morepork and the New Zealand bush.
Vivid pictures that capture the New Zealand bush promise to entertain the young, while providing an interactive educational resource for older children. A stunning addition to any early childhood education centre or school and a beautiful children’s gift.
A finalist in the 2012 LIANZA Awards! Also available as te reo Māori edition.
This gorgeously illustrated follow-up to Fantail’s Quilt showcases the beautiful native Powelliphanta snail on its perilous night-time hunt.
A little-known New Zealand creature, the Powelliphanta is not at all like your average garden snail. It is huge, handsome and carnivorous! The Powelliphanta hunting down its next meal is an epic battle on a tiny scale. Also available as te reo Māori edition.
Go, Green Gecko! Our new book is here! Explore the challenges the Wellington green Gecko faces as it forages for food in the New Zealand bush. Margaret Tolland’s clever use of texture and layered images captures the cheeky character of the gecko and the rich life of our native bush. Young readers will enjoy the rhythmic text and the building tension of the plot. Its bound to become a favourite! Te reo Māori edition E Oma, Moko Kākāriki! also available.
About Page Break
Welcome to Page Break. The New Zealand publisher of quality educational resources available world-wide. Our first children’s picture book ‘Fantails’ Quilt’ tells a classic indigenous story – a fantail, a rat, a morepork and the New Zealand bush. A finalist in the 2012 LIANZA Awards! Our second book 'Watch Out, Snail!' tells the captivating story of the beautiful native Powelliphanta snail. Finalist – Picture Book, NZ Post Book Awards, Children & Young Adults 2014. Our third environmental adventure for children Go, Green Gecko! has also become a favourite! Now Will There Be Puffins? is here!
Pagebreak is also the publisher of 'Discovery Time' – a ninety minute, action-packed, activity-based programme for primary school teachers. Click here for our Discovery Time page and to buy now.
Illustrator Sarah Harman made the trip from New Zealand to launch ‘Will There Be Puffins?’ at the Shetland Times Bookshop. A New Zealand authored picture book inspired by family connections to the isles was launched at The Shetland Times Bookshop at the weekend. The book titled Will There Be Puffins? was written by Gay Hay […]
New Zealand author Gay Hay (centre, sitting) and husband john (second from left standing) with some of their extended family during a book signing at the Shetland Times Bookshop. Extract from an article in the Shetland Times, 9-6-17. Mrs Hay’s 2014 publication Watch Out, Snail! won her a New Zealand Picture Book Award. Her previous […]
We’re now being published in Australia by Starfish Bay! Great to have our books Go, Green Gecko! and Watch Out, Snail! published in Australia by Starfish Bay. These books will now be available in Australia, USA and worldwide. They have produced beautiful hard cover copies of our lovely books!