The River in our Backyard/Te Awa e Pātata Rawa Ana by Malcolm Paterson

Illustrator: Martin Bailey

Continuing this successful series that connects kids with local heritage, in this fourth Sharing our Stories book Tui, cousin Jennifer and whānau go on a voyage of discovery into the history and nature of Auckland’s Te Atatū peninsula and the wider Waitematā Harbour.

The children learn about the impact humans have had on the river and ocean, how places got their names, and how their family friends Kōmako and Kumar help to conserve nature. Everyone then joins in the fun of Diwali, attending a local market and watching their friend Rani perform in a dance.

Martin Bailey’s vibrant artwork brings to life a story of connection that celebrates our shared heritage, with text in English and Māori along with words from the Tamil language.

Reading Age: 6 to 10 years

RRP: Paperback Picturebook format NZ$22.99

Published in NZ by Oratia Books

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