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Great Mates. 30 NZ Stories for children. Edited by Barbara Else Illus. Philip Webb

Great Mates. 30 NZ Stories for Children Ed. Barbara Else. Illus. Philip Webb. Pub. Random House, 2011.

They say if you make one good friend in your life then you are lucky but this book shows you 30 different ways to have friends from 30 different New Zealand writers.

Elizabeth Pulford starts with a story called Snake-breath and Sweetie Pie about pets that drags the reader in and David Hill finishes with Double Trouble about on-line friends that love to fight to complete reader satisfaction. In between their are sports stories, alien stories, animal stories, space stories, hunting stories, climbing stories all involving children.

The stories are no longer than 4 pages. The sentences and paragraphs are short and the language is very accessible. Ideal for reluctant readers who need stimulation but want to get there fast.

I would see this title as an essential purchase for school libraries and a good choice for the home as well Particularly for primary school children up to intermediate level.

Barbara Else and Philip Webb have combined before and this is the nineth in the series. Check them all out, the kiwiness and universality of the stories is great.

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