Posts Tagged ‘Mere Whaanga’

The singing dolphin: Te Aihe i Waiata

Written and illustrated By Mere Whaanga

ISBN 9781775434023

Scholastic NZ

5

Between 2007 and 2009, the dolphin Moko lived and played in the sea near The Pathway of the Whales at Mihia. The singing dolphin: Te Aihe i Waiata was inspired by Moko’s time there.

This a traditionally told bilingual picture book about a grandmother and her three grandsons. Tahi knows the land, Rua knows the waters but the youngest one, Potoki spends his time singing. He badly wants to join his brothers catching fish but they always tell him he is too little.  One night Potoki hides under the fishing net in the canoe but the following day something terrible happens. Like many traditional stories there is a lyrical quality to this story and I can just imagine sitting around listening to a grandparent sharing this story with grandchildren.

Beautifully illustrated with the the most natural of colours. Earthy browns, forest greens and deep sea blues, interwoven with many Maori motifs make this a very special picture book.

I especially love the double spread with the wood pigeons, and pukeko as well other native birds.

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The colours are stunning.

A good choice for all school libraries.

 

Nee Naw the little fire engine

Words and music by Deano Yipadee

Illustrated by Paul Beavis

ISBN 978177543

 

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Poor Granny is trapped inside her burning house with flames shooting through the windows. The big fire engines come racing to put out the fire but find themselves in trouble. It is up to the little fire engine Nee Naw to save the day.

Another funny tale from Deano Yipadee with bright bold illustrations from Paul Beavis. You can read on its own or singalong with the CD. I shared this today with some student librarians who thought it was a great choice for younger children.

 

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Tangaroa’s Gift

by Mere Whaanga

Te Koha ā Tangaroa

Nā Ngawini Kereru Whakamāori

ISBN 9781775434122

Scholastic NZ

6

I am delighted to see this book is available again, all spruced up and ready for a new audience. It is a bilingual book which is especially important as we celebrate Te Reo this week.

This is a simple but lovely pourquoi tale. It is the myth-like telling of how Paua got his beautiful shiny colours and why they happen to be on the inside of his shell.

Lovely use of language adds to the sense of storytelling and the oral traditions of years goneby. This is ideal to read out loud.

                    And he fashioned for Paua a wonderful coat that sparkled and dazzled with its beauty.

I also adore the beautiful purples, pinks, deep-sea blues and forest greens as images swirl across each page creating movement and mood.

It is more than a simple tale though as it can be used to discuss jealousy, and even bullying but maintaining its under lying message that each of us has beauty within. We all have something that makes us special. That in itself makes this a special book to add to any collection.