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Pigtails the Pirate

Pigtails the Pirate

Often it is just one personal experience that sparks an idea and then other ideas gather around that idea in a kind of soup.
One day I took my two daughters, Mhairi and Jess, to Taiaroa Head (a headland near my home in Port Chalmers) to watch the albatross flying. A big sea was driving great strands of bull kelp seaweed up against the cliffs below us and as I stared down I suddenly imagined a giant standing on the seabed with his huge hair caught in the surf.
Both my daughters, I am proud to say, are particularly creative, adventurous and forthright and at that stage Jess was mad keen on her dress-up box. I began to wonder how she might deal with the problem of that giant and his hair.
Jess waits

Jess waits

 

Pigtails slips

Pigtails slips 

Pigtails was completed while I held the Children’s Writing Fellowship at the Dunedin College of Education in 2001. The assistance I received from Creative New Zealand is gratefully acknowledged.
Pigtails The Pirate won the Picture book category at the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards in 2003.

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