by June Pitman-Hayes
Illustrated by Minky Stapleton
Maori lyrics by Ngaere Roberts
KIA KAHA! Together, standing strong is what this little book is all about; children relating to one another, and caring about each other, whether it be in school classrooms, parks, playgrounds, homes or backyards.
These caring little characters are multi-cultural and from various ethnicities. Some are handicapped. Others are able. Their clothing styles are as varied as their cultures too, but the underlying message is that our kids grow up seeing no one as really different from anyone else; they are all just kids. And all kids are different anyway, regardless of how their eyebrows sit on their brow, or how tall they might be.
For example, one kiddie falls and grazes his knee and another is stung by a bee. As one little girl gets stuck up a tree, another is feeling sad and lonely.
But not to worry, friends stick together and together friends are strong.
Kia kaha! Kia kaha!
Together standing strong.
We join our hands in friendship, that’s how we get along.
All around our gentle land, no matter where we’re from
We’ll fill the air with laughter and our kia kaha song!
Whilst singing along to this catchy little song, the illustrations show the very many ways we can reach out and be friends to one another, no matter the place, the season, or the background. The song is also written and illustrated with Maori as the language.
This is a gentle read, and easy for young children to follow. The rhyming verses help them remember the words and learn the message in the story. And the illustrations are clear and simple, showing how adults care about each other too. It’s lovely.
Comprehensive glossary at the back.
Plus a BONUS CD!
I have previously reviewed My Kiwi Gumboots, by the same author and illustrator. If you enjoyed My Kiwi Gumboots, you are sure to enjoy this too.
Author: June Pitman-Hayes; with Minky Stapleton (illustrations), Ngaere Roberts (Maori lyrics)