Bear Branches is a book about friendship and about making somebody else’s dream come true. The children at Green Bay loved the illustrations, but what got them most excited was all these interesting words. After usually a minute of stunned silence the brave ones came forward and had a go at pronouncing conundrum, amoebae and pterodactyl ( I secretly practised the last two myself, before reading the story to Year 1 students).
And here’s another one that might come in handy when talking about Bear Branches :
Bear Branches sparked a big discussion among the kids on whether it was actually possible to walk among clouds:
We came up with two possible ways:
1. When you are in an aeroplane that is just flying up through the clouds
2. Just up the road from Green Bay, on top of the hill in Titirangi, especially on a cloudy rainy day
Author and illustrator Terri Rose Baynton
Terri Rose Baynton lives in the beautiful seaside town of Waihi Beach, New Zealand, amongst good friends, warm waves and a menagerie of animals.
She is a scriptwriter and storyliner for children’s television, working with Weta Productions on Jane and the Dragon and The Wotwots, alongside her father, Wotwots creator Martin Baynton.