17 May 2018

Welcome to the Village

Setting the scene for village life was an important part of both the original story and the adapted version. Describing the houses and the jungle behind them, the ocean as a playground and a source of sustenance, market day and the general comings and going of the villagers was a way to make the local children feel at home when they read the story - to recognise themselves and their home on the pages. And for children reading the book in other areas it was a way for us to introduce this special place and way of life that might be different.

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In the heart of the Coral Triangle, in the Raja Ampat Regency, in a tiny house built on stilts over the sea, lived Novi and her big brother, Petrus.  Like most young children raised in the small fishing villages of the Archipelago of the Four Kings, Novi and Petrus rarely attended school.  Their classroom was all around them.  The rainforest was steep behind the village, the bay was dotted with rocky islets mushroomed by the waves, and Mother Ocean stretched before them as far as the yey could see.  The children spent their days throwing hooks off the jetty, wading through the shallows spearing shellfish, and scaling trees for coconuts, bananas and papaya.

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Thank you for following the story of Petrus and Novi.  I look forward to sharing more with you!!

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