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‘Tulip and Doug: A Spud-Tacular Friendship Story’ – Kiwi author’s potato book gets royal treatment

A New Zealand author had an exciting start to her day when she learned a children’s book she wrote had been given to Prince William by New Zealand’s prime minister. Jacinda Ardern presented a copy of Emma Wood’s ‘Tulip and Doug: A Spud-Tacular Friendship Story‘ to the Duke of Cambridge during a meeting at Kensington Palace in London early yesterday (NZ time).

As Oscar Francis reports for Ortega Daily Times, Wood said the news made for an exciting start to her Sunday morning. Tulip and Doug was her sixth book, but the first accepted for publication.

She described the book as being about an adventurous young girl Tulip and her friend Doug, a potato. Their relationship was ill-fated, as potatoes were not known to be long-lived, which was part of what the story was about.

The book dealt with themes of friendship and being accepting of friendships perhaps being a bit different or quirky and knowing there were other people out there like that too.

Ms Ardern had posted about the book on her Instagram account, saying it was one of her favourite books to read to her daughter, Neve.

Source: Ortega Daily Times. Read the full story here
Related: RNZ
Cover photo: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with the Duke of Cambridge. Credit Peter Livinstone / Kensington Palace
Image below: Spread from Tulip and Doug: A Spud-tacular Friendship story, by Emma Wood, illustrated by Carla Martell. Courtesy The Sapling

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