I just love this book. The story line, song and illustrations all together make this one a must-read. It sums up how and who we are as New Zealanders: we are diverse in culture, and abilities, have aroha towards others and are kind natured. June, Minky, Ngaere and Pio have captured this spirit here in print, song and pictures.
I had the opportunity to show this book to our new entrants. They were riveted and sang along and I can’t wait to share this book with other classes.
Teachers and parents will all love the message this book offers about standing together, being strong, being kind, learning from others and spreading compassion.
Title: Kia Kaha! Together, standing strong
Author: June Pitman-Hayes
Illustrator: Minky Stapleton
Translator: Ngaere Roberts
Publisher: Scholastic NZ
Format: Soft cover picture book
Publication: 1 March 2020
Reviewer: Janine Holcroft, Library Manager, Trentham School
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence: Kia kaha! Kia kaha! That's what my friends all say, when someone needs a helping hand while we're at school each day.