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Ka Pai Kiwi Favourites

Updated: Nov 11


Five lively, best-selling stories based on children's songs are brought to life in this keepsake collection.


Ka Pai Kiwi Favourites puts a Kiwi spin on beloved songs, The Kiwi Hokey Tokey; The Kiwi Go Marching One By One; Row, Kiwi, Row Your Boat; 10 Kooky Kiwi; If You're a Kiwi and You Know It.


This bilingual book pulls them all together in one hardback compendium. It's big and bright, positively bursting with colour.


With both English and Māori stories included, it makes for ten songs. It can be a little hard to find where each begins, but fortunately, the designers have included a sunshine yellow ribbon to help little ones mark their favourite pages.


A link to the Scholastic website allows readers to download all ten songs for free. The lyrics are sung in both English and Māori by popular entertainers Pio Terei or Jay Laga'aia. Little ones will have no trouble picking up the words with a catchy tune and good rhythm with each. The various stories are by Peter Millett and Lynette Evans.


Energetic, vibrant illustrations by Stevie Mahardhika and Deborah Hinde bring our iconic flora and fauna to life.


While these aren't new stories, the first was published in 2012, it's nice to have them all together as one.


Reviewed by Rebekah Lyell

RRP $29.99, Scholastic