From its’ delightfully appealing cover through the engaging text this book is a delight.
It is another English-Māori bilingual text from Dawn McMillan and the te reo text is by Ngaere Roberts.
During the journey to school the reader is introduced to a myriad of common critters coming along for the ride. Show and tell is a buzz with all the many insects and a frog until chaos takes over as the bugs (and frog) seek their freedom.
Carefully woven into the rhyming text are characteristics of each insect. The illustrations are such an integral part of this story and the insects are enchanting with both the clarity of body parts and the addition of such engaging eyes. The facial expressions on the few people in the story are also quite spectacular.
The book is completed with a section at the back titled bits and bugs making it an entertaining and informative read.
Title: There’s a Weta on my Sweater
Translator: Te Reo Māori text by Ngaere Roberts
Publisher: Oratia Books
Publication: November 2020
Reviewer: Elaine Wills, Library manager, Enner Glynn School, Nelson
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommend
Opening sentence: There’s a weta on my sweater! He’s climbing up my sleeve…
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