Author(s): Kat Quin; translation by Pania Papa
Beginners Māori Language Picture Dictionary, for the Whole Family.
From the #1 bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of the Kuwi the Kiwi series, Kat Merewether, comes a large scale, stunningly illustrated visual dictionary. Full of over 1000 basic words in te reo Māori and English, perfect for every New Zealander.
A fun, easy-to-use resource for those wanting to discover, learn and use everyday words in te reo Maori. The illustrations are designed to help with comprehension, particularly for younger learners. Visual cues can assist with retention of language, to recall spoken and written words. 68 fully illustrated pages, in a large format (265 x 366mm), in vibrant full colour, with over 1000 te reo Maori words, translated into English. Embedded with gorgeous Kuwi the kiwi (and friends) illustrations.
Designed for everyday use, in the whanau (family), kura (school) and for all New Zealanders. Ages 0-100+.
A portion of each sale goes to charity Kiwis for Kiwi.
Lucy Bailey's Review:
The Kuwi and Friends Maori Picture Dictionary is a fun, easy-to-use resource for those wanting to discover, learn and use everyday words in te reo Maori. The illustrations are designed to help with comprehension, particularly for younger learners. Visual cues can assist with retention of language, to recall spoken and written words.
There are over a thousand kupu Maori translated into English in this big hardback book and the illustrations (from the author/illustrator of the Kuwi series) are captivating. It's aimed at older (or more proficient) readers than the existing picture dictionaries with sections on ngaa whekuu (internal organs), te anga (skeleton), te ao (the world), and te ao tukupuu (the universe) which I haven't seen in other publications.
The Kuwi and Friends Maaori Picture Dictionary is designed for everyday use in the whaanau or kura. Ages 0-100+.
Finalist in the Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction in the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Kat Quin, aka Kat Merewether, is a best-selling and award-winning author, illustrator and designer from the Waikato, where she lives with her partner and their six children. The Kuwi and Friends Maori Picture Dictionary was inspired by her children, who have been passionately learning te reo Maori at school. Her hope is that this book will provide an accessible and practical way to help whanau (family members) feel confident to use more Maori words in the home.
Kat first worked with Pania Papa at the age of eighteen, when she was entrusted with the illustration of Maori language resources for Te Ara Reo Maori, developed by Takatu Associates Ltd. Almost twenty years later, they still work closely together on various educational projects.