NZ Writer and Illustrator Malcolm Paterson, illustrated by Hana Maihi The Tunnel in our Backyard Oratia Books, 2016 $21.99pb 32pp Sharing Our Stories series Book 2 ISBN 978 0 9475 0604 9
Themes: Community engagement/ Cultural diversity/ Matariki/ Mount Albert – Auckland – History/ Moving house/ Waterview Connection Project/ Waterways - pollution.
Cousins, Jennifer and Tui learn much about the history of the Mount Albert (Auckland) area when they help their whanau move house. The story which is created to support the facts does sometimes clunk along a bit but it will be a really useful resource book - not just for those living in the Auckland area – because of the way in which is supports, in many ways, the NZ curriculum. There are helpful translations of Maori words and phrases at the bottom of the page on which they occur in the text and the colourful illustrations merge past and present very successfully. Visit: https://www.oratia.co.nz/ for more information.Year 3 up/ Age 7 up