History in the Making in Children’s Books Soon to be Published

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Previous blog posts: “Benefit from the Exhibition Continues,” published on 12.02.17; “The Legend Abridged,” published on 15.04.17; and “Reviving the Dravuni Dialect,” published on 14.12.17, all referred to the various developmental phases of this book project – in English and in the Dravuni dialect, written for children between 7-10 years old.

The books’ titles are: ‘The Legend of Tanovo and Tautaumolau’ and ‘Ko Tanovo kei Tautaumolau: i Tukuni.’ The book project achieves many firsts, namely:

  1. The first books (and children’s books) ever written by the authors;
  2. The first books published with the collective support of the Dravuni Village community;
  3. The first books illustrated by the children of Dravuni;
  4. The Fijian version is the first ever book to be published in the Dravuni dialect;
  5. The books will be the first in a series of books that will relate the various legends known to the Dravuni community; and
  6. The first books published under the collaboration between the Institute of Education (IOE) of the University of the South Pacific (USP) – the Publisher and a Dravuni team. IOE’s Dr Ruth Toumu’a is the Editor.

The ready-to-print versions of the books have been submitted to the printer and printing is likely to be in January 2018.

The Dravuni team for these publications comprises the following:

Authors: Kaliopate and Ema Tavola.

Illustrators: Diama, Numia, Sereima, Fane, Talica, Nunia, Salaseini, Vika, Panapasa, Tomasa, Jone, Peniasi, Sailasa, Liku, Moli, Tevita, Semisi, Stefani, Diana, Grace, Salote, Finau, Grace, Waisea, Elijah, Ema, Saiasi, Josaia, Vereniki, Fima, Akosita, and Ateca.

Dravuni Dialect Advisors: Iliesa Bula, Maciu Waqanisau Bula

Independent Language Advisor: Dr Paul Geraghty.

The authors wish to record their sincere gratitude to all in the Dravuni team and those in the IOE/USP team for their contributions. The Editor Dr Ruth Toumu’a deserves a special acknowledgement.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Betty Hunt says:

    Woohoo!!! What a milestone – and so exciting! Great news.And I love the photo of the kids ‘getting down to business’. What a thrill for them.

    1. kaidravuni says:

      Thanks Betty, It was a wonderful experience for all involved. The Dravuni team will be getting ready later in the year for the second book project.

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