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Reviewed by Dierdrei Finnin, mother, Mountview School, Total Immersion Māori unit
Opening sentence
Apa made me feel proud.
I would like to acknowledge Linda Tuhiwai Smith for this treasure.

Yes, this book is a treasure for what are difficult conversations as the book guides us through ways to correctly support our family, our wider family in the sad time of suicide.

The story is told through the voice of a young boy. The story shows us that the answers we seek for our times of hurt are found within our Māori world, our Māori customs and our Māori knowledge also. The book uses the correct names and words for this hugely important topic. Suicide, emotional harm, well - being.

The illustrations explain the essence, tell the story, of the families experience throughout the book. The illustrations are not only beautiful but true to our Māori world. The size of the book is perfect.

This is a part of a series of books and the author has prepared notes to accompany the books. The author and the contributors are well known, and they have a lot of integrity, which is reflected in the essence of the story and extends to the guiding notes.

This book is good for readers if they have experience of suicide, or have questions around suicide.

Note from Read NZ Te Pou Muramura: This series features trauma and difficult experiences, including violence and suicide. There is a very good interview with the author on The Sapling, which discusses these books further. You can find this here:
Publisher: Huia Publishers
ISBN: 9781775506614
Format: Paperback
Publication: Aug 2023
Ages: Potentially children of all ages
Themes: Suicide, family, school, caring, the Māori world, a Māori perspective, wellbeing