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Takaura: My Words of Winter Nga Kupu Maori mo te Takarua by Christine Dale. Translations by Kiwa Hammond. Pub. OneTree House, 2022

March 16, 2022 Comments off

This very attractive picture book has two main aims.

Firstly it is about winter in New Zealand and it uses very descriptive language that children would use. The language appeals to the senses or how you feel, see, hear, smell and taste winter. Words such as dark and looming (clouds), dank and pungent(puddles), cheering and chanting(Crowds at a rugby match) and rich and delicious(hot soup)

Secondly it is to build vocabulary in both English and te reo Maori about the season of winter. This vocabulary is enhanced by terrific photographs of a New Zealand winter featuring multi cultural children of junior age.

I tell you what the stacked pies that are tasty and flaky or Ka hongihongi i nga kopaki paraoa, he reka he pakapaka look very inviting I almost ate the page.

A similar book on summer has already been published. great resource for the school and in the home

Snow Ghost by Tony Mitton, illus. Diana Mayo. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2020.

December 5, 2020 Comments off

Snow Ghost in the image of a pretty young girl comes “shimmering out of the air searching for somewhere to settle…but where?’

The lights of the town do not hold much hope, nor does the dense tangled wood or the top of the hill with it’s chilly winds. Suddenly there is a farmer with two children playing in the snow. Is this the place? Check it out and see what happens.

Simple descriptive text, peacefully told and illustrations that make you as cold as the winter and as warm as the children in their play.

Harmony and belonging is what it is all about.

Ideal for the Christmas that is upon us, at least in the Northern hemisphere.

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Children of the Black Sun Book 1: Winter be my Shield by Jo Spurrier

May 31, 2012 Comments off

Winter be my Shield by Jo Spurrier. Pub. HarperVoyager 2012.

This new Adventure/Fantasy novel is just brilliant. It took me four days to read, not because it was hard to read, but because i wanted to savour every word. I rarely do this with a novel. Why?

It is set in the land of Ricalan, a land that has been invaded from the south by seafaring Mesentreians who have settled in the flat lands. To the West it is facing invasion from the Akharian Empire, but the power from within is held by an aging Blood-Mage called Kell and his ruthless assistant Rasten.

Kell rules with a sadistic appetite through the power of the Mage. He uses pain to control people and the attitude is “it is better to give pain than to receive it. Disturbing?  yes and there is much brutality and torture in this novel.

Into the novel come two half brothers, Cam who is the rightful heir of Ricalan and Isidro a man who has withstood much abuse and nurtures an arm that has been shattered into a hundred parts and gives him constant pain. The brothers are fleeing Kell’s henchmen and save a young Mage named Sierra who escaped Rasten chief henchman to Kells.

Sierra is an anomoly, she derives her power from the pain of others yet you like her and wish her no harm. You have expectations that she will come good.

The strife and action that these characters create makes compelling reading in the midst of a harsh and bitter winter.

Amongst the pain there is goodness. You know that it is in there somewhere but it is going to take a long time to emerge and win. A couple more books at least.

For able fantasy readers of high school years and above this is a refreshing new story.