It is so exciting that our publishers are embracing Mātauranga Māori and creating so many bilingual books. This is the third in a series by this author and concentrates on creatures now extinct in Aotearoa. Onomatopoeia, rhyme, alliteration and interesting verbs, eg: “munching”, “nestled” and “darting”, all work together to create the musical quality of the text. This book demands to be read aloud and the high-quality illustrations make it an easy book to read to a group of children.
A humorous twist on the last page shows a shocked adult coming into a room with crayon drawings of the creatures covering the walls. There is an illustrated glossary “Extras for Extincts” at the back of the book with useful details about each of the creatures.
Title: There’s a Moa in the Moonlight / He Moa kei rō Atarau
Author: Dawn McMillan
Te reo Māori text: Ngaere Roberts
Illustrator: Nikki Slade Robinson
Publisher: Oratia Books
Publication: November 2021
Age Range: Preschool and Primary
Any advisory warnings? No
Reviewer: Carola Crawford, English teacher, Karanga Mai Young Parents’ College, Kaiapoi
How are you recommending this book? Highly Recommended
Opening sentence: There’s a Moa in the moonlight.
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