Kaakahu: Getting Dressed
Kanohi: My face
Written by Kitty Brown, illustrated by Kirsten Parkinson (Reo Peepi Taapui Ltd)
If you've got a new baby or a toddler in the family and would like them to learn te reo Maori from a young age then these three books will do the trick.
Otago cousins Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson have published three te reo Maori board books for babies and toddlers. Kaakahu: Getting Dressed' shows toddlers getting dressed one item of clothing at a time until they are putting on their shoes. This is really appropriate for young toddlers learning to dress themselves independently.
In 'Kararehe: Animals' each page depicts a farm animal with a repetitive phrase: 'This is a ...'. Young toddlers will enjoy pointing and naming the animals.
The third book introduces the names of all the facial features starting with head and ending with lips. Encourage your toddler to point to their own head, eyes, nose, etc, as you turn each page.
At the back of each book is a handy pronunciation guide:
a ... up e ... egg i ... key o ... paw u ... shoe
On the last page is a glossary of all the words in the book, how it sounds (phonetics) and the English word for the Maori word.
The illustrator has used a limited palette, which almost makes the pictures look luminous. Babies will like looking at the big eyes of the children and animals.
Buy them here: www.reopepi.co.nz