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A beautiful story about how a new baby needs time to hatch and grow, for all young brothers- and sisters-in-waiting.

Will the egg EVER hatch? This is a story for all children eagerly awaiting a new sibling.

‘When Baby wakes up,
will she hop and jump?’
‘Not yet, Kiwi Iti,
these things take time.’

Helen Taylor’s gentle text and exquisitely detailed illustrations show that growing a family takes patience and love, but is oh-so-worth the wait.

Kiwi Baby

Helen Taylor

Picture Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

After discovering an eg and learning it holds his sister, Kiwi Iti impatiently waits for it to hatch.  He bombards his dad with questions about when she can do things.  He waits and waits and waits…….. until finally she’s born.

This was a very sweet story that will help older siblings eager to play with the news baby.  The illustrations are very descriptive and are very descriptive drawings.  The colours are strong but restful, with the text bold and easy to read.

I recommend this for any child waiting for a sibling.

Beep-beep! Chug-chug! Zooooom! Here is an introduction to machines that move in English and Maori that our littlest learners will love.

This beautiful, brightly illustrated board book introduces babies to the vehicles of Aotearoa in English and in Maori.

Let’s go find and name some vehicles in English and Maori.

From building sites to airports, on the roads and out to sea, Aotearoa has so many vehicles to spot! This simple and eye-catching board book teaches Kiwi babies the names of things that zoom along in English and Maori, and will catch the attention of our machine-mad littlest learners.

Vehicles for Kiwi Babies

Fraser Williamson & Matthew Williamson

Picture Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

A cute board book that names some commonly seen vehicles around New Zealand and gives both the English and Maori name for each.  Each double page has the words displayed on the left hand page in large text that is easy to read with a solidly coloured background that is different for every vehicle, while the right side has a lifelike illustration of the vehicle featured.

The illustrations are very realistic looking and attractive, with bright colours and boldly depicted features.

In the back of the book there is a chart that helps you to correctly pronounce the Maori names of the vehicles depicted.

This is an adorable book that will be a handy way for little ones to learn te reo and identify some of the commonly seen vehicles in New Zealand.

This beautiful, brightly illustrated board book introduces babies to the sea creatures of Aotearoa in English and in Maori.

Let’s go exploring under the sea in English and Maori.

From the beaches and rocky coastline to under the waves around Aotearoa New Zealand, vibrant pictures introduce Kiwi babies to the beautiful variety of creatures that populate our ocean. Simple and eye-catching, with essential words in English and Maori, this board book is sure to captivate our littlest learners.

Ocean for Kiwi Babies

Fraser Williamson & Matthew Williamson

Picture Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

This is a board book that shows some of the creatures in the ocean and gives both the English and Maori name for each.  The words are displayed on the left hand page in large text that is easy to read and on a solidly coloured background that is different for every creature.

The right side has a lifelike illustration of the creature featured.  The illustrations are very realistic looking and attractive, with bright colours and boldly depicted features.

In the back of the book there is a chart that tells you how to pronounce the Maori names of the sea life depicted.

This is a cute book that will be a handy way for little ones to explore the ocean / moana and be introduced to some of the creatures living in its depths.

The Living World

Rachel Rohloff

New Shoots Publishing

Supplied by Fantail Communications

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement, the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest.  It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” David Attenborough

This is a fantastic resource book for teachers and parents eager to teach children about science and nature with hands-on learning and play.

“Knowledge gained through experience is far superior and many times more useful than bookish knowledge.”  Mahatma Ghandi
The introduction explains how this resource develops science skills and how it uses hands-on fun and play to make sense of the Living World.  All activities in this book involve at least one of the 22 pattern/urges of play and details what they are.  Children learn from experience and the eleven scientific skills they will gain are listed – Observation, Communication, Classification, Measurement, Inference, Predictions, Making Hypotheses, Recording, Experimenting, Analysing, Evaluating – and defined.

The book is divided into four chapters;

  • What is the Living World
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • People

There is a list of activities at the beginning of each, along with equipment and supplies needed, learning outcomes, a list of scientific vocabulary and skills gained from the experiments, ideas for further activities, and teaching tips.

The photos are stunning and the book is well laid out, with information and instructions easy to find and understand. You can also download worksheets for the activities in the book from www.newshootspublishing.co.nz.

The book itself is printed on environmentally responsible paper and it’s awesome that a book about nature is sustainable.  I love all the quotes scattered throughout the text.  “To reconnect with nature is key if we want to save the planet” Jane Goodall.

This book needs to be in every educator or homeschooling parent’s resource kit.

The delightful rhyming story of Ruru and Kiwi, who host a midnight forest party for their friends, with award-winning illustrations.
The Ruru and Kiwi went into the bush,
wrapped snug in night’s velvety black.
They took some runny manuka honey
tied up in a flax-woven sack.
Drawing on a cast of nocturnal New Zealand creatures, with award-winning illustrations by Amy Haarhoff, Clare Scott’s story imagines Edward Lear’s famous nonsense poem taking place in a moonlit forest in Aotearoa.

The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi

Clare Scott & Amy Haarhoft

Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

Ruru and Kiwi decide to go into the bush ‘wrapped in the night’s velvety black’.  Kiwi was looking forward to having a picnic with ‘runny manuka honey tied up in a flax-woven sack’ they took with them.  Ruru suggested they invite all their friends to meet them as they had plenty of honey to share.

Hara and Pepeketua, Pekapeka and Titihai, Kakapo and Tuatara all came and had a marvellous feast, ‘they dined on worms and larvae that squirmed, sitting under a kauri in bloom’.

The story is charming and the words are so descriptive, with the paragraphs flowing well and having a beat when read aloud. The illustrations are gorgeous, very lifelike and fitting the story completely.  There’s a handy section at the back that identifies all the night creatures at the party and gives some information about them. I did have trouble reading the white lettering on a midnight blue background though my eyesight is not the best so maybe it was just me.

This beautiful book is available online at Fishpond, The Warehouse, Mighty Ape and will ship when we are in Level 3.

The sixth book in a bestselling junior fiction series inspired by true stories from the Wilson Sisters’ childhoods. It’s a whole new world . . . rescuing an injured stallion!

In the sixth Showtym Adventure, Vicki will stop at nothing to save a crippled beach-racing stallion.
When Vicki and her sisters discover that horses are roaming on country roads because the locals can’t afford to fences contain them, their eyes are opened to a whole new world of hardship.

Then Vicki meets Pepe, a prized beach-racing stallion crippled by mistreatment. The owner can’t pay for a vet and, fearing the beaten horse may die, the Wilsons take Pepe in.

Will Vicki be able to save the injured racer? And will Pepe accept his new life after galloping at full speed?

This story of hope and recovery is inspired by the Wilson Sisters’ early years.

Pepe, The Beach Stallion: Showtym Adventures #6

Kelly Wilson

Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

The Wilson sisters, parents, and their horses visit some friends on their huge farm during the school holidays.  Amanda, Kelly, and Vicki have so much fun riding horses and motorbikes and exploring the farm with their friends.  The farm offers horse trekking rides and the Wilson’s dad helps his friend, Mike, clear some tracks to use.

The girls hear that stray horses found loose on the roads will be shot by the council, so arrange for Mike – the local vet –to be called first the next time a stray is found.  They quickly get a call about four stray horses roaming and are successful in capturing them for the council.

Locals soon discover what they’re doing and they get a call for help from the owner of a stallion.  Pepe is a very fast pony used to beach racing and being ridden without a saddle or bridle.  He’d gone missing for a day and been returned with his legs damaged and hooves a worn-down, bloody mess.  His owner offers to give him to the Wilson’s as payment for fixing him.  They take him home to nurse him and the Wilson sisters’ adventures begin!

The real-life Pepe is featured in the back of the book. Along with an introduction to characters and a guide on jumping.  I really enjoyed the story, which is based on actual events.  Any horse-mad girl needs to read this book.

It is a peaceful morning and Scarface Claw is happily snoozing in a spot in the sun, tail curled around and feet tucked in.

Suddenly,
there was a shudder and sway,
the whirr of an engine,
then off and away.

And then off goes the truck down the drive – with Scarface ON TOP! Clinging on to the roof of the truck, Scarface zips along streets with his owner, Tom, oblivious to his rooftop passenger and everyone trying to get his attention as he drives along … who will come to poor Scarface Claw’s rescue?

Inspired by true stories of cat owners driving off without realising their cats are on the roofs of their cars, Scarface Claw’s latest adventure will have readers getting just as involved in the story as the bystanders trying to get Tom’s attention!

Scarface Claw Hold Tight!

Lynley Dodd

Puffin MR

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

A delightful tale of Scarface Claw and his wild adventure of going for a ride on a car roof.  The story is told in short, rhythmic paragraphs and simple sentences that are alliterative and fun.  The illustrations are superb, very realistic while being entertaining.

The book itself is a board book with solid cardboard pages that won’t be torn by little fists.  This is another enjoyable picture book featuring the mighty Scarface Claw in the much-loved Hairy Maclary and Friends series.  I highly recommend all babies and toddlers be immersed in the Hairy Maclary world and this book is a must-have!


Once there was a clever girl who liked searching for interesting things on the ground. She wanted to know why shells could be found in rocks so far away from the sea. But her father thought education was no use to a girl, so Joan had to leave school.

Many years later, she bought an old map. To her amazement, she saw that it marked a treasure hoard. Not of gold and jewels, but of dinosaur bones.

Nobody had ever found dinosaur fossils in New Zealand before – in fact, top scientists had said it was impossible. But Joan was intrigued. She decided to learn everything she could about palaeontology and hunt for these dinosaur fossils.

This is the fifth picture book in an acclaimed series of true stories about the lives of famous Kiwis written by David Hill and magnificently illustrated by Phoebe Morris.

Dinosaur Hunter: Joan Wiffen’s Awesome Fossil Discoveries

David Hill & Phoebe Morris

Picture Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

“I can dream.  That’s one of the big things in life.”  Joan Wiffen

Until the late 1960s scientists believed dinosaurs never lived in New Zealand.  Then a dinosaur skull was found in Australia in 1968 and the thinking changed.  Now scientists thought they could have lived in New Zealand but needed proof.

This book tells the story of how a farm wife from the Hawke’s Bay proved New Zealand once had its own dinosaurs and became an international expert in dinosaur fossils.

The clever drawings tell the story of how she became interested in geology and fossils, then how she discovered a map showing the remote Mangahouanga Stream as a possible location of bones  and decided to go digging.  After sending a plaster cast of her findings to an Australian museum, they confirmed it was the vertebrae of a 70 million year old theropod – a dinosaur the size of a truck with sharp, saw-edged teeth.

Joan Wiffen had made a ground-breaking discovery and re-wrote history.

The Wiffen’s and their helpers continued exploring the remote stream for the next thirty years and made more fossil discoveries.  Some of those dinosaurs are cleverly illustrated in the final pages, along with a handy timeline of Joan Wiffen’s life.

This book was interesting as I hadn’t really paid attention to prehistoric New Zealand.  I vaguely knew that fossils of giant penguins and sharks the length of cricket pitches had been found but not actual dinosaurs.  Joan Wiffen also seems an inspiring woman more attention should be paid to.

Any dinosaur fan will love this book.  As well as those who aren’t dinosaur fans but like interesting women.

A boisterous bilingual board book that introduces littlies to colours with the help of Hairy Maclary and his friends!

A gorgeous board book with pictures of Hairy Maclary, Scarface Claw and other favourite characters created by Lynley Dodd to teach children their colours in Maori and English.

This special little volume is perfect for the young learner and helps to incorporate te reo Maori into everyday life.

Perfect for children ages 3 months to 3 years.

Hairy Maclary and Friends: Colours in English and Maori

Lynley Dodd

Pictures Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

These board books are perfect for bilingual children to learn their colours or to introduce anyone to learning Maori.

Each double page has a background of a colour – red, yellow, white – and both the English and Maori name for it – purple = waiporoporo, grey = kiwikiwi, green = kakariki.  Illustrations tie-in that colour with drawings of familiar characters from the Hairy Maclary collections that make you smile.  Keep an eye out for the other cute drawings that blend in the background.

As well as the usual primary colours of red, white, and black, the book features other colours like brown, pink, and orange, which is different to many learn-your-colours books.

A boisterous bilingual board book that introduces littlies to counting with the help of Hairy Maclary and his friends!

A gorgeous board book with pictures of Hairy Maclary, Scarface Claw and other favourite characters created by Lynley Dodd to help children learn to count from 1–10 in Maori and English.

This special little volume is perfect for the young number learner and helps to incorporate te reo Maori into everyday life.

Contains a full 1-10 counting chart.

Hairy Maclary and Friends: 123 in English and Maori

Lynley Dodd

Pictures Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

These board books are perfect for bilingual children to practice counting or to introduce anyone to learning Maori.

Each page features a number from 1 – 10 and is illustrated by a drawing with that many objects – 5 flowers or 9 bees.  Each has in Maori the number and object – e rima nga putiputi or e niwa nga pi – and the English translation – five flowers or nine bees.

The illustrations are full of familiar characters from the Hairy Maclary collections and bright and colourful.

As they are board books the pages won’t crumple and rip, making them ideal to be enjoyed by toddlers or for autistic children without a lot of mobility control.