Chil­dren’s non-fic­tion

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - PUZZLES -

GO GIRL by Barbara Else and OH BOY by Stu­art Lip­shaw, Pen­guin Ran­dom House

These in­spi­ra­tional trea­suries recog­nise the achieve­ments of epic Ki­wis who over­came many ob­sta­cles to reach their goals. Each book fea­tures about 50 he­roes from a wide range of back­grounds. They in­clude suf­fragette Kate Shep­pard, land rights ac­tivist Dame Whina Cooper, singer Lorde and author Janet Frame, while some of the male stars are sci­en­tist Ernest Ruther­ford, diver Kelly Tarl­ton, bas­ket­baller Steven Adams and politi­cian Sir Api­rana Ngata. The beau­ti­fully writ­ten lit­tle bi­ogra­phies fo­cus on just some of the as­pects of these trail­blaz­ers’ lives and each is ac­com­pa­nied by a dis­tinc­tive por­trait drawn by a num­ber of gifted New Zealand il­lus­tra­tors. The sto­ries af­firm that old-fash­ioned stereo­types can be bro­ken – boys can be bal­let dancers and girls can speak out. De­light­ful to read aloud, these lus­cious keep­sakes will mo­ti­vate young Ki­wis aged 5 to 10 to go for their dreams.

THE SILK ROADS by Peter Frankopan & Neil Packer (il­lus­tra­tor), Blooms­bury

World his­tory is seen in a new light in this magnificent ex­plo­ration of how the Silk Roads opened up the East to the West over 2000 years ago, en­abling move­ment between Europe and Asia in mi­gra­tion, trade, dis­ease, war, re­li­gion, ad­ven­ture and sci­ence. With sump­tu­ous il­lus­tra­tions, this gor­geous gift book will de­light his­tory lovers of all ages.

HERO OF THE SEA by David Hill & Phoebe Mor­ris (il­lus­tra­tor), Pen­guin Ran­dom House

This stun­ning pic­to­rial bi­og­ra­phy of ad­ven­turer and con­ser­va­tion­ist Sir Peter Blake, who was trag­i­cally killed dur­ing an ex­pe­di­tion in 2001, de­tails his ex­ploits in the Whit­bread Round the World Races and suc­cess­ful NZ Amer­ica’s Cup cam­paigns, as well as his work to save our en­vi­ron­ment. An ab­sorb­ing ac­count of a true Kiwi hero, ideal for ages 5 to 10.

COOK’S COOK by Gavin Bishop, Gecko Press

Stingray soup, dog stew, roasted rat and pease por­ridge were just some of the del­i­ca­cies pre­pared by John Thomp­son, the one-armed cook who cooked for Pa­cific ex­plorer Cap­tain James Cook on the En­deav­our 250 years ago. This highly il­lus­trated book gives a fresh per­spec­tive of life for the 94 men on board. Pre­sented in bite-sized chunks of in­for­ma­tion, it is riv­et­ing read­ing for ages 8 to 13.

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