My first board book: Colours & My first board book: Animals, by Donovan Bixley

It’s great to see well-known New  Zealand illustrator Donovan Bixley turn his hand to bilingual Te Reo/English board books for young readers.

Bright and bold, My first board book: Colours and My first board book: Animals are the first in the series of a planned four titles. With the growing use of Maori in early childhood and school curriculums, these sorts of resources are essential.

My first board book: Colours is based around the iconic Kiwi song ‘Ma is white’ , while also widening the scope to include colours not in the original song.

My first board book: Animals introduces the names for common animals such as dog (kuri ) cow (kau) and sheep (hipi) but also throws in a few less common ones such as crab (papaka) and bat (pekapeka).

Bixley’s lively, bright, bold and fun illustration style in these two titles will serve young readers as a nice introduction to his characters in other titles such as The Wheels on the Bus and Old MacDonald’s Farm.

Book such as My first board book: Animals and My first board book: Colours are essential recourses for use in early childhood centres and homes that are committed to speaking more Te Reo.

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TITLE: My first board book: colours
AUTHOR(S): Donovan Bixley
PUBLISHER: Hachette
RRP: $16.99
ISBN: 9781869713447

Heidi North-Bailey Formerly working in publishing in London, Heidi is now a freelance editor and writer based in Auckland. A graduate of the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and The Creative Hub, Heidi also has a first class Honours Degree in Screenwriting and Directing from The University of Auckland, Heidi is passionate about good storytelling across genres and loves reading, especially literary and children’s fiction. When not being kept busy as a new mum, Heidi tinkers with poetry and is chipping away at a novel.

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