Story carries important earthquake message

MOTHER EARTH AND THE QUAKEIA BABIES<br><b>Michelle Lagatule and Rose Spijkerman, illustrations Brendon Wright</b><br><i>Elemental Books</i>
MOTHER EARTH AND THE QUAKEIA BABIES<br><b>Michelle Lagatule and Rose Spijkerman, illustrations Brendon Wright</b><br><i>Elemental Books</i>
Michelle Lagatule came up with the idea for this story as a way of explaining the Canterbury earthquakes and aftershocks to her grandchildren.

The idea is good: Mother Earth is looking for her false teeth and as she stomps around questioning her children (named after affected parts of Canterbury) the world shakes and suffers.

The text doesn't really flow but it's the message that counts. An activity book helps children know how to act in a quake and what should be in an emergency kit. Ages: 2+.

- Laura Hewson is an Allied Press subeditor and mother.

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