Birds bring mayhem
There’s a Tui in our Teapot, He Tu¯ i kei ro¯ Tipa¯ ta, by Dawn McMillan, illustrated By Nikki Slade Robinson, Ma¯ ori text by Ngaere Roberts. Pratia Books, $24.99 ..
Bilingual bird mayhem cames to Nan’s kitchen when a tui is discovered in the teapot. But that’s not all!
Turn the page and you will find a takahe is using Nan’s toaster and a kea is feasting on her kiwifruit.
All our favourite Kiwi birds feature in this hilarious tale.
There’s also a fun spread at the end hat shares facts about the 16 native birds featured.
Rhyming text in both English and Maori with bright, colourful illustrations . . . this is a treat for both adults and kids alike.
— Colleen Thorpe
Sports writer and broadcaster Phil Gifford has teamed up with photographer Barry Durrant to produce Black Boots, a look at New Zealand’s rugby legends.
“In our small quiet country,” says Gifford, “where television didn’t go nationwide until 1965, and shops closed on Saturday, rugby dominated our winter weekends. Until they walked on to the field and started playing, the All Blacks were part of us; they were the pig farmer down the road in Inglewood, the bank clerk who stamped our savings account book in Hawera and the freezing worker on the bus with us in Otahuhu.”
Thanks to the skill of sharpshooting photographers, Gifford and Durrant have brought back a past era of heroes.
Following is an extract from the book:
When all boots were black
popular that crowds of 20,000 would flock to Eden Park as late as the 1970s to see the local heroes play.
Grounds were often mud heaps. I grew up in Waihi in the early 1960s, where, at Rugby Park, a lineout was sometimes delayed so bits of fired clay from the old demolished brickworks the ground was built over could be pulled out of the mire and thrown across the sideline.
Touch judges and television match officials were unheard of. Players sorted things out themselves. Famously in 1956 a veteran prop, Kevin Skinner, was recalled from retirement to deal with a rugged South African front row. ‘I only threw two punches in the third test,’ Skinner would say, ‘and after that I told the referee to tidy it up.’
Grandstands were small, and seats for an international game at a premium. Fans would start sleeping outside grounds on Thursday night for a Saturday afternoon test so they could get the best positions on the terraces. Later in the week, we’d watch the highlights of tests in black and white in Caltex newsreels at movie theatres, where you stood up when they played ‘God Save The Queen’ before the show started.
And we relived the drama in black and white photographs in newspapers and magazines. Wellington photographer Barry Durrant, and the late Morrie Hill, prowled the sidelines in the days when the boots on the players were all black, and fast burst digital cameras taking a dozen shots a second weren’t even dreamed of. Photographers were sharp shooters, who needed the eye to recognise, and the reflexes to seize, the fraction of a second that contained the great, the perfect moment. Thanks to their skills, an era that has gone forever can be enjoyed again in this book. The dirty little secret of this fun insight into the Shaky Isles au natural is that it will probably appeal as much to parents as the targeted gap in the market it aims for — junior readers.
A spider biologist, Pollard explains the extraordinary natural phenomena of NZ in such simple terms that it will fascinate kids and covertly educate the adults reading it to them.
Based on the latest scientific research, it will help you drop the odd scintillating fact on, say, eels, glowworms or glaciers, into tearoom conversation. But, in reality, it’s your kids who really need to know that NZ has the world’s ninth-longest coastline, and so much more.
— Peter Shand
Showtym Adventures Annual By Kelly Wilson, PenguinRandomHouse, $24 ..
For all those little girls who are horsemad, Kelly Wilson, star of the TV series Keeping up with the Kaimanawas, has come up with an annual just for you.
The Showtym Adventures Annual is packed with games and puzzles, quizzes and activites based around Kelly and her sisters and their ponies.
Discover lots of fun pony activities to try and riding tips to put into practice.
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes with the Wilson Sisters at Showtym Stables, read all about Captain, a very special wild horse, and learn the Wilson Sisters’ secrets to a happy pony.
This is the perfect book for anyone who loves horses and ponies! — Colleen Thorpe
A visit to the Henri Malartre Car Museum Lyon 1973, above; In London 1963, players with chef Inia Te Wiata, left.
by Phil Gifford, Photographs by Barry Durrant; Bateman Publishing, $49.99