The result is the uproarious kids' story There’s a Tui in our Teapot, rendered into te Reo Māori by distinguished translator Ngaere Roberts in this bright, bilingual birdy book.
Tui has made it into Nan’s teapot, takahe is by the toaster, kaka is tucking into the kiwifruit, kereru is starting on the apples, and that’s just part of the mayhem when the menagerie gets into the kitchen.
Still, all ends well when Nan comes in to get the family their breakfast.
There’s not only vivid illustration, hilarious text and a fine Māori translation — but also a fun spread at the end that shares facts about the 16 native birds featured.
There's a Tui in our Teapot is out today in a smart hardback edition.
It will be launched officially on NZ Bookshop Day, 27 October, at Books for Kids in Hamilton.
Dawn McMillan is an internationally recognised writer of children’s books who lives north of Thames. Among her many popular works are I Need a New Bum!, Why do Dogs Sniff Bottoms and Colour the Stars. Nikki Slade Robinson is an award-winning children’s illustrator and author who lives in Opotiki, known for titles such as Muddle and Mo and The Seven Stars of Matariki. Translator Ngaere Roberts is a teacher and expert in te Reo Māori.
|Nikki Slade Robinson|