This is a fun book with lots to explore. The illustrations are a mixture of pictures drawn by the main character and pictures with lots to see and explore. The text is written as a rhyme like all good songs are but unlike other stories written in this manner there was no obvious ‘music’ to reading the text aloud, which meant that once you put the CD on you were able to enjoy the song as a separate experience. The text and the song are then repeated in Te Reo and my class were equally enthralled by both versions. A glossary in the back helps you learn the kupu, if you are unable to determine the meaning by comparing both texts. It is always wonderful to find, and hear, texts in English and Te Reo.
Title: My Kiwi Gumboots
Author: June Pitman-Hayes
Illustrator: Minky Stapleton
Translator: Ngaere Roberts
Format: paperback with a CD
Date of Publication: September 2019
Age range: 3 upwards
Reviewer’s name: Leanne Nathan, Associate Principal, Clendon Park School, Auckland
How highly are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? My gumboots and I like to play in the rain.
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