Trail tale accents the nature of Southland

Last updated 09:57 17/04/2014
Linzi Keen
Linzi Keen, left, share her book Syd and Max Around the Mountains, with her 15-month-old son Syd Keen and Southland District mayor Gary Tong at Lumsden Library on Friday.

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A children's book about two boys and their adventures on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail has been released by a Northern Southland farmer.

Linzi Keen decided to write Syd and Max ride Around the Mountains when she was teaching and found there were not many books with Southland content available for children.

She has self-published the book, which is a tale about her son Syd and his friend Max and how the trail was created. 

Keen did the line drawings for the illustrations and her mother, retired Christchurch art teacher, Brenda Crocker, coloured them.

The book is written using rhyming couplets, alliteration and Southland sayings such as ''dry as a chip''.

''I thought it would be good to write about the Around the Mountains cycle trail and the whole process from the start of the planning, including the submission writing, which I was involved in,'' she said. 

''From the concept of the idea, the book took a lot longer to write than I expected.''

The book was launched at the Lumsden Library on Friday with children from Riverstone Early Learning Centre and Southland District mayor Gary Tong listening to Keen read the book.

''[Council] people loved it so the book will be part of the official opening of the trail in June,'' she said.

''I am a keen mountain biker and I think the trail is fantastic, opening up a lot of exciting possibilities for the area,'' Keen said.

''I used local spots and the beautiful scenery we appreciate and left it open to write about other sections of the trail by finishing the book with a comment that Syd and Max will be back when they are bigger.''


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