Gorgeous picture book from the amazing Ruby Tui.
After publishing her brilliant memoir, Ruby is adored by everyone, including a huge number of very young fans.
So now Ruby has written a picture book aimed at 4- to 7-year-olds.
It covers all the key Ruby topics: friendship, teamwork, feelings, and the belief that everyone is different and special. All wonderful messages for every child.
The girls in the book are all based on Ruby's childhood friends. And the first-time illustrator, Samoni Cavander, is also a friend of Ruby's. This is another example of the way Ruby highlights others, always.
Ruby Tui is a professional rugby player and a bestselling author. She won an Olympic gold medal in 2021, an Olympic silver medal in 2016, a Rugby World Cup Sevens title in 2018 and a Rugby World Cup title in 2022.
Her memoir Straight Up
was the bestselling book in New Zealand in 2022, and Ruby's brilliant rugby skills and amazing personality won the hearts of New Zealanders, culminating in her shortlisting for the New Zealander of the Year.
She was named Black Ferns Sevens Player of the Year in 2017 and World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in 2019. Transitioning to the 15s game in 2022, she won the inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki competition with the Chiefs Manawa and then made her debut for the Black Ferns, helping them win the 2021 Rugby World Cup (played in 2022). She was also named World Rugby 15s breakthrough player of the year.
Off the field, Ruby is a regular commentator for Sky TV and is passionate about promoting healthy environments for Kiwi kids and speaking up about mental health within the sporting community. Creating change through speaking out on public issues, and demonstrating motivation and gratitude to her peers, is how she would like to leave her mark. Ruby is the current ambassador for the HeadFirst initiative and KidsCan.