Tide’s Out (Tai Timu)

There’s much to discover meandering along a New Zealand beach with small children when the tide is out.

This simple bilingual counting book, with watercolour illustrations, features many treasures to encourage their curiosity.

Although set at Huia on the Manukau Harbour, many of these shells, creatures and birds can be found on beaches throughout the country.

Tides Out will help children reinforce their counting skills whilst introducing them to the fascinating seashore life on New Zealand beaches.

Written by Frances Plumpton, translated by Darren Joseph and illustrated by Stephanie Thatcher

$20.00 incl. GST

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“This counting book has a deep veracity . . . a perfect introduction to a beach summer for the littlest mokopuna. Ka pai!” ~ Ann Packer, New Zealand Listener

“A simply lovely book that will help children reinforce their counting skills whilst introducing them to the fascinating seashore life on New Zealand beaches.” ~ Rebekah Lyell, NZ Booklovers

“I adore the beach texture and colours of Stephanie’s illustrations. . .Frances has crafted the story beautifully – the words flow sweetly, the alliteration is honey for the ear. ” ~Paula Green, Poetry Box

“Gentle, warm-hearted picture book about an arch-typical New Zealand beach.  The text is bi-lingual, there’s a counting book format . . .and a double-page spread at the end to introduce even more beach treasures.” ~ Lorraine Orman, Kidsbooks NZ

“A lovely thing to take away on beach trips to use as a guide for identifying life on the seashore.” ~ The great, late Christmas book guide for kids 2022, The Spinoff

Frances PlumptonMeet Kiwi author Frances Plumpton

Find out more about New Zealand author and children’s literature advocate Frances Plumpton on her author page.

Stephanie Thatcher, the illustrator of Tide’s Out, lives in Huia looking out over Foster Bay and has used watercolours to illustrate the familiar scenes. Her three sons spend much of their time exploring the beach and surrounding bush. She is the author and illustrator of more than ten picture books, many celebrating New Zealand wildlife. Her most recent book is No Home for a Wētā (Scholastic NZ, 2022).

Darryn Joseph, the translator, is a senior lecturer in Māori Language at Massey University, Palmerston North. He has always enjoyed beachcombing with his family. Darryn is a Trustee of Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa.

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Dimensions23 × 23 cm
First published



Softcover edition



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Published by

Mary Egan Publishing


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