Monday, 7 September 2015

Moa Hunting!

NZ illustrator Patrick McDonald We’re Going on a Moa Hunt Puffin 2015 $19.99pb 32pp ISBN 978 0 1435 0638 6

Themes: Traditional nursery stories - reworded

The pictures in this rewording of a very familiar children’s story are amazing and full of images (with much humour) of the New Zealand bush and mountains, seashore and countryside – with hundreds of NZ birds, butterflies, fish, shells and mammals (including the moa) to be found on every generously covered page.  For very small children and specially those who know the words of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ off by heart, a certain amount of explaining needs to be done before embarking but the excitement is the same and so is the wonderful tension on the journey ‘out’ and the one back home again. My only quibble is – why wasn’t a small girl allowed to be one of the Moa Hunters?     

Preschool up/ Age 3.5 up

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