Encouraging children to explore different ways of expression

Sadie wants to be a painter, just like her best friend, Tom. She loves playing with colour and finding shapes in unlikely places. But whenever Sadie picks up a paintbrush she makes a big mess. So instead, she spends her time working in the garden or...... Read More

How to bring your best to all of life's relationships

To be human is to be in relationships. We can’t survive without them, but it’s in relationships that we can so easily get unravelled. Some relationships just seem to do us in. Either we feel like we lose ourselves or feel burnt out from futile...... Read More

Understanding anxious thoughts

  Loppy is a Little Anxious Creature (also known as an LAC) and a key character in innovative picture books to help children manage anxiety. Written specifically by clinical psychologist Lynn Jenkins, the latest in the ‘Lessons of...... Read More

Book celebrates individuality and togetherness

Better together could equally be the title for the delightful book by Susanne Merritt and Liz Anelli called ‘Grace & Katie’. This picture book, published by EKBooks is about twin sisters who both love to draw. Grace’s drawings are filled...... Read More

Chocolate – it’s food for the brain

The November Country Funnies photo.   Chocolate is good for the brain and the rest of the body too, including the heart – which is wonderful news for chocolate lovers and is among the facts featured in the book ‘Feed your Brain’...... Read More

Story of an Irish kangaroo

  Hens can be curious creatures and in last month’s Country Funnies the photo of one investigating a shoe had readers scratching for suitable captions. Lynn Pinkerton of Te Awamutu suggested "A fowl smell" while regular Coast & Country Funnies...... Read More

Gas guzzler answer to fuel crisis?

  Auckland Airport’s fuel crisis was pretty dire and according to Sharron Ruitermann of Bombay the   stretch limousine which featured as the Country Funnies picture in last month’s Coast & Country News may have been able to...... Read More

Rainbow book prize for best caption

Kiwi ingenuity can be found everywhere – including along rural side roads like the one near Katikati where an elephant of many parts has been installed. The structure was the subject of the August ‘Country Funnies’ contest and J Salmon...... Read More

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