This short but fact-filled book tells the complete history of the island of New Zealand through illustrations and one or two page descriptions of important events.
It starts with the arrival of the first Polynesians peoples around 800 BC and the volcanic eruptions that shaped the island and moves forward to more modern times of British and European settlers. It describes the culture clash between the old and the new, with a special emphasis on Maori history.
Written and illustrated by a graphic designer from NZ TV, this is an amazingly complete cultural history of New Zealand. My only complaint is that there are not similar books for other countries all over the globe – this book is a great mini-lesson in world history!
Everyone is spelling Ripecka’s name wrong, even the teachers at school! It is so frustrating that she turns to carving her name in her desk. This short book, published in New Zealand with beautiful illustrations by Robyn Kahukiwa, shares how important it can be for a young person’s name and heritage to be respected.
Reading level: Ages 4-8