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Reviewed by Leanne Nathan, Associate Principal, Clendon Park School, Manurewa
Opening sentence
This was the very, very, very worst day of my whole life.
This story is part of a series about aroha and developing resilience in children who have experienced trauma. There are four other titles in the series- 'I Don't Like Wednesdays', 'Riwia and the Stargazer', 'Te Wai, Tama and the Moon' and 'I am a Little Voice', they are also available in Te reo Māori. The Activity notes have questions for the teacher to consider after reading the text. Each page has been designed to start a conversation about something terrible which may have happened to a child in your class.

In this text Rangi's mum is badly beaten by her boyfriend. The boyfriend is taken away to jail and Mum is taken to the hospital. This means that Rangi had to spend a night with a Social Worker before moving in with Nan and Koro. While staying with Nan and Koro, Rangi learns just how strong his mum really is.

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:
Author & Illustrator: Linda Tuhiwai Smith, illustrator: Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
Publisher: Huia Publishers
ISBN: 9781775506836
Format: Paperback
Publication: Aug 2023
Ages: All ages- specifically those in similar situations with follow up discussion with an adult
Themes: Aroha, Resilience, Trauma and Domestic violence