‘Queenie: One Elephant’s Story Book Launch – Melbourne Zoo 22 January 2012
When ‘Queenie One Elephant’s Story’ was published in 2006, by Black Dog Books, the book and Queenie (and me) received a generous amount of media attention.
Yesterday with the launch of the first paperback edition it seems to be happening all over again and it’s ‘knocked my socks off.’
My week has been filled with radio and newspaper interviews and there have been many photographs taken (some good and I suspect some horrible) and once again I’ve had this feeling of ‘gosh, is this really happening?’
Yesterday’s launch at the zoo was very special, not just for me but for my family and friends who have been listening to me talk about Queenie for a very long time. It was also special for those people who knew Queenie, visited her or rode on her back. I wish I could have been one of those people.
The magnificent cake, which is a replica of a Queenie cake was made by the Greensborough Cake Decorating Centre and tasted as good as it looked.
On top of this excitement is also the news that next year Queenie will also be Published in hardback in the United States, so Queenie will travel even further.
She’s part of Melbourne, part of our history and part of what zoos were like back then. She was an icon and now I hope she will be remembered forever.
‘Queenie One Elephant’s Story’,
Published in paperback 2012
Black Dog Books/Walker Books
by Corinne Fenton
Illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe