‘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

Queenie Cake in the car (looks like a real Queenie)


Me and the Hon. Ryan Smith, Minister for the Environment.

The cake was made by the Greensborough Cake Decorating Centre.

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  1. Gabrielle Wang The launch looks amazing, Corinne. Love the photos. Now for a nice rest in New York.
    January 24, 2012 at 8:08 am · Reply
  2. Julie Murphy Great photos, Corinne, and a great launch. Your speech was especially moving. I loved the way it was so inclusive of the various people for whom Queenie has special significance. Best wishes for your new U.S. edition "baby". Julie.
    January 24, 2012 at 9:16 am · Reply
  3. Chris Bell A fabulous launch for a fabulous book and author. The cake was a masterpiece and the day a delight to be a part of. Congratulations too on the wonderful news that Queenie is going to the U.S. and become known to a whole new audience. xx C.
    January 24, 2012 at 9:45 am · Reply
  4. Kaye Baillie Oh, Corinne, a big congratulations on this moving story and all the loveliness that has come from it. Your book is a fabulous creation and I hope you enjoy every minute of what it brings. And a big hug to all elephants.
    February 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm · Reply
  5. Corinne Thank you Kaye for your lovely comments.
    February 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm · Reply
  6. Patria Exactly where is the facebook like button ?
    February 23, 2012 at 6:59 am · Reply
    • corinne On the front page, bottom left corner.
      March 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm · Reply
  7. Suzann Branca 2nd to Kavita's review concerning the post. Genuinely liked reading this.
    February 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm · Reply
  8. annie i love this storie and the cake looks yum!
    March 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm · Reply
    • corinne Thank you Annie. The cake was very nice. The Greensborough Cake Decorating Centre are making me a 'mock' cake so I can take it around to schools.
      March 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm · Reply

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