Walk with prehistoric beasts in Te Awa Riverside Gardens, Dargaville, these holidays

In the path of dinosaurs

by Andy Bryenton

Thanks to a collaboration between Dargaville’s local library, the team at the town’s Te Awa Riverside gardens, and a talented young event planner, these school holidays will present the chance for readers of all ages to take a walk with dinosaurs.

Bringing the joy of a good story to the outdoors has been the aim of this holiday project, known as a story walk.

The book chosen to present as a series of laminated poster cards, set up throughout the scenic Te Awa Riverside gardens, is STOMP by Ruth Paul, a tale of dinosaurs playing a game of follow the leader with uproarious consequences.

With a story to follow through words, and another one cleverly told in the illustrations, this finalist for NZ children’s book of the year translates well to the story walk format.

The gardens will be set up with big, easy to follow panels from 11am Monday, April 15, through until 3pm on Friday, April 25. Of special note is a guided walk in the footsteps of the big prehistoric creatures, held on two Wednesday mornings, April 17 and 24 at 10.30am.

There will be plenty of action at the library itself, with chalk street art and the opportunity to make your own dinosaur in the children’s craft area.

Most amazingly of all, a key player in making this holiday fun possible has been the event organiser, Andrew Ambler, who has assisted library staff in putting together the story walk concept. At age 10, he’s skilled well beyond what his years would suggest, and in teaming up with the library and Te Awa Riverside Gardens, he’s helping to make the school holidays that bit more interesting for everyone.