Hol­i­day project im­presses

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Par­ents may urge bored kids to read more dur­ing school hol­i­days, but Red­wood mum Kaa­te­rina Kerekere went a step fur­ther and en­cour­aged her daugh­ters to cre­ate their own books.

Tawa School pupils Tan­giahua, 8, and Maia, 6, each pro­duced a pic­ture book last school hol­i­days.

Tan­giahua ti­tled hers Six Maori Maid­ens, and Maia’s is called Look Af­ter Our Earth. Tan­giahua de­scribed Maori god­desses and princesses, some com­mon in mythol­ogy and oth­ers she cre­ated.

Maia also de­scribes Maori gods in her book, which shows read­ers the con­se­quences of be­ing un­kind to the en­vi­ron­ment – wrath from the gods.

‘‘They had noth­ing to do in the hol­i­days and Maia said ‘can we do a book?’,’’ Mrs Kerekere said.

Kaa­te­rina and her hus­band Tai work in art and de­sign, and had the in­dus­try con­tacts to get the books pro­fes­sion­ally printed.

‘‘ We just try to en­cour­age them to do what they want, to be happy,’’ she said.

The girls il­lus­trated the books and wrote the words in English and Maori. Copies have been do­nated to the school li­brary.

Their friends were im­pressed, Tan­giahua said. ‘‘They wished that they could do their own books.’’

The girls dressed as char­ac­ters from their books for Tawa School’s ‘‘dress as a book char­ac­ter’’ day and won first prize for their ef­forts. Tan­giahua was trans­formed into a rain­bow maiden for the day, while Maia dressed as earth­quake god Ruaumoko.

Lit­er­ary lasses: Red­wood sis­ters Tan­giahua, 8, and Maia, 6, Kerekere were en­cour­aged by their mother, Kaa­te­rina, to pub­lish their own books, which have been a huge hit with their mates at Tawa School.

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