Friday, 8 April 2016

Celebrating Matariki 2016 beginning on June 6th

NZ Writer and Illustrator

Nikki Slade-Robinson

The Little Kiwi’s Matariki

Duck Creek Press 2016  $19.99pb 32pp

ISBN 978 1 9273 0520 1

Themes: Matariki/ New Zealand Bush/ Repetitive Action Stories
Little Kiwi has a very strong feeling something special is happening and she rushes through the bush in the dark collecting her friends and their families to take them down to the seashore where they find  - Yes the stars of Matariki are already shining – it must be June 6th!  Children are enjoying the semi repetitive nature of this story and the wonderfully convincing colours of night in the New Zealand bush. There is just enough information about Matariki in this simply presented story to engage smaller people without its being overwhelming. There are also Te Reo words and phrases embedded in the text. It is a very satisfactory book both for the listeners and the reader aloud.

Preschool up/ Age 4 up

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