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Gaye's Childrens Books

Nana-Gaye's Little Books

Gaye Hemsley's delightful books will have your children wanting you to read them again and again, and school-aged children will delight in reading them themselves.

To order these books print off this form, then post back to us with your cheque (NZ$ only) or credit card details. Or if you wish you may email your order through.

All prices are for NZ orders, and include GST and P&P. Contact us for p&p costs for overseas orders. A 5% discount applies to orders in excess of NZ$100.

I'm a Little Kiwi


Comes with a CD of a child singing

'I'm a little Kiwi' to the tune of 'I'm a little teapot'





 two Books & CD  $25 

three books & CD $30

Four books (full set) & CD $40


nana gayes little books

Moggies Market Katikati



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Sheryl the Spider



After being blown out of her home

on a windy wet morning,

Little spider 'Sheryl' needs to find a new home quickly.  

Her first attempts are unsuccessful.

She doesn't give up.

 This picture book is suitable for young children

showing them how all little insects have a place

and encouraging them not to give up.


Nana's Gayes Little Book of Limericks

Delightful little Limericks for the young & young at  heart.


A man on a bike peddled up the hill

and stopped at the top for his vitamin pill

he looked at the sky

and said 'Me oh my.'

if it rains I may get a chill.


Three Little Spacemen.





A little girl is woken up in the middle of the night by three little visitors from outer space. She is invited to dance to the light of the moon.

‘We’ll dance to the light of the silvery moon & the cat with a fiddle will play us a tune.’

 Delightful illustrations by Peter Anderson in this 16 page picture book. $12 P/P

All Nanas are Different

A delightful little book in rhyme showing

how all Nanas are different in their hobbies.


My nana likes sewing.

She makes cozy quilts.

from scraps of material,

like calico and silks.

 When she was young

 She made all our clothes .
How she found the time,
No one really knows.


Nine Days to Christmas


A modern story in rhyme depicting

a typical New Zealand Christmas.

First page in Book:

'Nine Days to Christmas
So much to do
Mum has decided
We'll have a barbecue'

check out this video





Pussy Cat at Dancing

Based on a true story about a cat that came to dance classes each Saturday morning. 



  One of the pages from the little book priced at $15

I want to be a Dancer


 $12 P/P

For the





Hi Diddle Diddle


Family Cat story told by girl's brother:

Hi Diddle Diddle

the cat did a piddle

              on my sister's new dress.

              Mum said don't worry daughter

                   we'll wash it water

          that will clean up the mess ..................

Fun songs from yesteryear

Fun Songs for Children by Children    Price CD is $15

A revival of songs from yesteryear now featuring children's voices

Some songs featured:

How much is that doggie: Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow wow:

Me and my teddy bear:Teddy bears picnic:

Hey little hen: Mares eat oats:You are my Sunshine:

  Powder your face with sunshine: etc etc
Words to songs are included and ideas on how to act out the songs.

Great for teachers of young children

Many of the songs are performed by Gayes dance students and grandchildren.

Grand parents will remember these songs and enjoy passing them on.

 Special thanks to Creative Tauranga for help with funding this project.

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Journey of a Dance Teacher

   Gaye Hemsley dance teacher for over sixty years is writing her memoir

'Journey of a Dance Teacher'

To be launched October 2018

 The journey started when I was about ten years old.

    My mother, a ballroom dance teacher, took me to see the ballet ‘Giselle’. It was presented by the English company ‘Ballet Rambert’ From start to finish I was utterly inspired.

     ‘When can I start ballet classes?’ was my constant question for the rest of the week.

     Mother booked me into beginner’s ballet class to start the following Saturday. I was by far the oldest child in the class, but I didn’t mind. Being older I learnt quickly, and soon shot up through the grading system. I realized I had started a bit late to become a ballerina, so decided to become a teacher.

     Through those years of teaching and bringing up a family of four my love of dance and teaching never waned. When the children were off my hands I commenced combining travel with attending workshops and seminars in NZ and overseas.

     Being a dance teacher doesn’t mean getting your qualifications, opening a syllabus book and start teachings. As with any profession or craft one has to endeavor to advance and improve one’s knowledge .I have attended workshops and seminars in New Zealand, Australia and England. I’ve taught at my step son’s English academy in Japan. An international conference in Finland was an enriching experience for my students and helpers. Prior to the conference we took a train to St Petersburg where we enjoyed forty eight hours. MAY THE DANCE NEVER END