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This te reo Maori story explores an important topic; the loss of identity and culture for Māori children and the pathways to regain it. Although it is a fictional account it illustrates a reality for many Māori children which makes it a useful tool for whānau and schools.
The plot uses the phenomenon of matakite (Māori seer) to develop the story and this adds an air of mystery and suspense to the story and draws the reader in from page one. The story also reveals the art of weaving to showcase a Māori skill that is not always visible to children today. Robyn Kahukiwa’s illustrations are exceptional. Each tells its own story in the past and present, interweaving Māori values and tikanga throughout.
In summary, this is an exceptional book both in illustrations and story. It should become a New Zealand classic. Also available in English under the same title. Winner of the Kura Pounamu award 2007 it is also available in English under the same title.
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