As a historian and author, Debbie McCauley challenges New Zealanders to develop an appreciation of their heritage. By telling this story in te reo Māori and English, she is helping us all to understand the significance of Mauao/Mount Maunganui/The Mount.This special place of beauty, which Debbie lives close to and is passionate about, is not always treasured as it should be. So Debbie shares a powerful Māori legend about the area, then entrusts us to give Mauao the love and respect he deserves.
The illustrations and text combine with sensitivity and emotion to pay tribute to the strife and struggles of Mauao and I think New Zealand should celebrate the work of Debbie McCauley and Debbie Tipune and promote this Ko Mauao te Maunga publication to share with children of all ages. The added glossary, pronunciation guide, facts, timeline, map and activities will help teachers maximise the learning experiences from this book and I highly recommend it for use with primary and intermediate students.
Title: Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao
Author: Debbie McCauley
Illustrator: Debbie Tipuna
Translator: Tamati Waaka
Publisher: Mauao Publishing
Format: Hard Cover
Date of Publication: June 2018
Reviewer: Ali Kersten, Teacher Librarian, Hereworth School, Hawke’s Bay
How highly are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
Opening line: In earliest times, long ago, a nameless hill watched over Tauranga Moana from the foot of Kaimai Range.
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