Posts Tagged ‘Te Reo picture books’

Paraweta

By Stephanie Blake

Translated by Karena Kelly

ISBN 978177652182

Gecko Press

 

Paraweta (Poo Bum Te Reo Maori edition)

Simon is the same little rabbit we have grown to know and love but this time we are lucky to have a Maori language edition of Poo Bum. He is still cheeky and just a little bit naughty but still hugely popular.

I just know this edition will be a hit for our Te Reo readers.

Once there was a little rabbit who could only say one thing… In the morning
his mother would say, ‘Time to get up, my little rabbit!’ He’d reply: ‘Poo bum!’
At lunchtime his father would say, ‘Eat your spinach, my little rabbit!’ He’d
reply: ‘Poo bum!’ 

With naughty children and naughty rabbits too, there is only so much a parent will take, but you will have to read it to see who will have the last word?

The edition comes just in time for Maori Language Week to be held during the week of September 10-16.

Ka pai Gecko Press

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Tāwhirimātea A song for Matariki

By June Pitman-Hayes

Illustrated by Kat Merewether

Māori lyrics by Ngaere Roberts

Matariki is a time to celebrate Earth, sky, seasons and whānau. This new picture book with its accompanying CD is a treasure for families, schools and pre-schools.  Great to read aloud and great to sing along with the CD.

Mum, dad, children and grandparents go on a walk and have a picnic. They swim, catch fish, walk through the bush and spend a wonderful day together.

Tāwhirimātea, blow winds blow

Rā, warm us up with your sunshine glow.

Papatūānuku, we plant seeds in you.

Ua, rain, helps new life come through…

Lots of New Zealand wildlife make guest appearances throughout the story. Very good use of Te Reo throughout the story as well as a complete Maori version make this essential for school libraries.

Gorgeous use of colour in the illustrations, especially the blues and purples. Warm and friendly.

Tangaroa’s Gift

by Mere Whaanga

Te Koha ā Tangaroa

Nā Ngawini Kereru Whakamāori

ISBN 9781775434122

Scholastic NZ

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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.