Author(s): Tania Norfolk
‘ “Tree, what day is it today?” asks Grasshopper.’ So begins his discovery of the days of the week in an exciting new way. His wise old friend Tree reveals each day to Grasshopper as a unique and wonderfilled experience. They are joined by a host of lovable visitors who crash, snore, wiggle and sing their way into Grasshopper’s week. The characters are based on New Zealand native wildlife, adding another level of interest to the story. Author Tania Norfolk says she is inspired by the immediacy of the child’s world: ‘Renaming the days of the week within the story is a way of reflecting this.’ Grasshopper’s Week highlights the wonder in the everyday and the natural world around us. The book is the first collaboration for the sister/brother team. A unique and heart-warming view of the days of the week, with beautiful illustrations, Grasshopper’s Week is a timeless picture book to delight young children and warm the hearts of ‘big kids’ too.
Tania Norfolk lives in Nelson with her husband and two boys. She loves to write, make things, dance, snuggle up with a good book, and read and make up stories for her boys. Tania has worked in education for many years, both as an English language teacher and in tertiary and public library settings. She is currently working in promotions, organising events and marketing resources for Tasman District Libraries. She is a huge fan of picture books, both old and new, and is thrilled to have collaborated with her brother, illustrator Chris Norfolk, on Grasshopper’s Week, her first published children’s book.