Nā Kirsty Wadsworth, Nā Zak Waipara ngā pikitia, Nā Pānia Papa i whakamāori
He aha te kōrero a enei pukapuka? Ko te paki o Īhaka me tana hui ki a Tariwhirimātea, me te ahua o etahi atu ngā atua – Tangaroa, Tane, Rūaumoko. Me he kapua iti kua ngaro.
Kei te mutunga ka whakaako ō mātou mō te tuawahine pono – te whaea o Īhaka!
He pikitia tino kara me ngā kupu ngawari mō ngā tamariki pakeke – me nga pāhake! He rārangi kupu hoki kei roto i te pukapuka kua tuhia i roto i te reo Māori.
He pukapuka pārekareka, he ngahau (i roto i ngā reo e rua), me he maha ngā mea hei ako mō te ao Māori.
Ka kite ahau nā te aha ēnei pukapuka i toa ai i te ‘Storylines Joy Cowley Award’.
Pai te tuhi, te whakaahua, te whakaatu.
Ka tino taunaki ahau i tēnei pukapuka takirua.
by Kirsty Wadsworth, illustrations by Zak Waipara
What is the story of these books? The tale of Īhaka and his meeting with Tawhirimātanga, and the appearance of other gods – Tangaroa,Tāne, Rūaumoko. As well as a lost little cloud.
At the end we learn about the true heroine – the mother of Īhaka!
There are very colourful pictures with easy words for older children – and adults! There is a glossary in the book written in the Māori language also.
An entertaining and interesting book (in two languages), and there’s lots of things to learn about the Māori world.
I see why these books won the ‘Storylines Joy Cowley Award’.
Well-written, illustrated, presented.
I strongly recommend this pair of books.
& Īhaka and the Unexpected Visitor
Author: Kirsty Wadsworth; Zak Waipara illustrator