Whetū the little Blue Duck Whetū te Pīpī Whio
This trilingual book also has a Mandarin Chinese title, being a new version of a story originally published in 2011. The NZCLW (New Zealand Chinese Language Week ) Trust commissions one NZ children’s book to be published in English, Te Reo and Mandarin Chinese each year. This is a sweet little story about a blue duck, who saves a tramper’s life by leading her to water and who is in turn helped by the tramper and her friends. They launch a campaign to save the blue ducks’ environment from being destroyed by mining.
The subtle and gently-coloured illustrations portray elements of the New Zealand environment, particularly our mountains and rivers in a sympathetic way and Renee Haggo conveys emotion very well on the faces of her people and animals. This book, therefore provides a useful starting point for class discussions on a variety of topics. Emotions, loneliness, safety, natural resources, competing needs, humans vs animals, to name just a few.
Title: Whetū the little Blue Duck Whetū te Pīpī Whio
Author: Jennifer Beck
Te Reo Māori translation: Hine Apanui
Illustrator: Renee Haggo
Publisher: Duck Creek Press
Date of Publication: This trilingual version 2022
Age Range: From preschool upwards
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? No
Reviewer: Carola Crawford, English teacher, Karanga Mai Young Parents’ College
How highly are you recommending this book: Recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? In the beginning, he didn’t have a name.
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