It’s with great pleasure that I introduce to you, my storybook, “The Lazy Little Frog“. I plan to launch the book on Kickstarter on February 14th, 2022. I wrote and illustrated this story along with a Tok Pisin version, “Liklik Hambak Rokrok“.
The Lazy Little Frog is a universal story about friendship told through the eyes of a little green tree frog. I have included a short book description in English and Tok Pisin.
Loki Enough, a little green tree frog thought hard work was for losers until a near-death experience changes Loki’s view and attitude forever. This change also earns Loki a best friend.
Liklik grinpela rokrok Loki Inap i ting olsem ol lusman tasol i save wok hat. Tasol taim em i bin kamap klostu long lusim laip nau, tingting na pasin bilong Loki i senis olgeta, na em i bungim wanpela gutpela poro.
A limited signed hardcover copies will be sold on Kickstarter platform from February 14th, to help raise funding for another educational project in for PNG children.
We are working on a Motu version of The Lazy Little Frog. My goal is to have the story in these three languages -English, Tok Pisin and Motu. The country has over 830 languages and I am making the story more accessible to the children of Papua New Guinea. This story is set in PNG but it is a story anyone from anywhere in the world can relate to. You can read the book reviews on lazylittlefrog.com
The idea of the book initially came after ‘The Song of the Turtle”, my first children’s story I wrote in 2015 and won The PNG National Literature Award for the best children’s story. The Lazy Little Frog book began with a dialogue in my mother-tongue between a young green tree frog and an old rooster. It has taken me five years to craft the dialogue into a picturebook.
My broader vision is to help educate children about climate change and future changes in our environment. I hope to create illustrations and develop stories specifically around my area of study, climate change and how it affects intangible cultures. Storytelling is an intangible culture. I grew up by the fire listening to stories told by my grandmother and family members. It was our way of handing down family information and our history. It was also a way to teach our young and protect our way of living. Some evenings, storytelling was simply for the laughs and many stories were told with a display of action.
I will post more stories about my storybook in the days leading up to Kickstarter launch. Please like, comment and share and I hope you can support us on Kickstarter. You can also follow the lazylittlefrog.com blog.