NZ Writer and Illustrator
Sharon Holt, illustrated by Deborah Hinde
The Writing Bug 2014 $24.99pb 24pp
ISBN 978 0 4732 7423 8
Themes: Maori New Year/ Matariki/ Related activities/ Te Reo/ Te Reo Singalong series
Published at just the right time for the celebration of Matariki in late May /early June comes this latest title in the award winning Te Reo Singalong series. There is a wonderfully warm feeling about this publication from the comfortable winter clothes for the children and adults to everyone’s enthusiasm for the celebration. We share the enthusiasm as we watch the early rising of a family as they go outside to see the Matariki stars just before dawn, the feasting, the remembrance of people now dead and the planning for next year’s harvest. The simple Matariki song is reproduced on the CD and is easy for children to learn and follow in the book. Deborah Hinde has captured something essentially New Zealand in the illustrations – we simply couldn’t be anywhere else down to the iconic plastic chairs and the salt and pepper shakers on the bench. Go to www.tereosingalong.co.nz for details of other titles in the series.
Preschool up/ Age 3 up