Children’s book reprinted

A book of Caymanian stories for children is available again, following the reprint of a 2000 publication by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.

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The Governor, Stuart Jack, examines a copy of Fish Tea. With him are, from left, Andrew and Felicity Jones, Robin Dalsheimer and Roger Corbin. Photo: Carol Winker

The book, Fish Tea…A Collection of Caymanian Tales, was re-launched at a reception hosted by the National Trust and held in the new George Town Library conference room on Tuesday evening.

The stories, written by Trust staff, are based on environmental and historical themes. Volunteer Robin Dalsheimer designed the original book and artist Penny Clifford contributed watercolour paintings to illustrate the stories. Andrew Jones QC and his wife Felicity, both long-time Trust supporters, underwrote the cost of the first print run.

The Trust’s annual report for 2001 speaks of the collaborative project as ‘a labour of love aimed at encouraging young people to understand the significance of the work of the National Trust and to strengthen their resolve to protect those irreplaceable treasures that make Cayman unique.’

When the decision was made to reissue the book, Ms Dalsheimer recalled, she still had the material electronically stored, but it had been corrupted by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.

‘Bringing it up to the standard of the day for reprint took about two months,’ she said, ‘and I had to re-work some of the art.’

The Trust chairman spoke briefly, welcoming guests who included the Governor, Stuart Jack, and thanking Mr. and Mrs. Jones for their foresight in sponsoring the 2000 edition.

Mr. Jones said he and his wife were pleased to know the book is now ‘available to a new generation of school children.’

Fish Tea is available at the National Trust visitors centre on South Church Street. Copies are $10 or three for $25.