Picture Perfect Book – Friday

The Kiwi Kids ABC    

By: Regekah Holguin

Age: 2 – 5 years

Published: June 2011, by Harper Collins NZ Ltd

Theme: Educational, Multicultural

 SynopsisH,  is for Haka

                     I,  is for Icecream

                     J,   is for Jandals

                      K,  is for kiwi, kea and kakapo

                       L,   is for Lamb

                       M,  is for mudpools

Why I Like this: An ABC that’s real kiwi.  Kiwi words, and kiwi illustrations by a young New Zealand author, this is her first book as an author and illustrator.  She also illustrated Beach Bag Boogie also published by Harper Collins.

A fun way to learn the alphabet and language as well as learning a little of the culture, one would buy this for overseas friends and family.  A great gift for young ones who are soon to travel to the lovely island downunder.  Rebekah’s illustrations are big and bold and give lots of detail often showing activities within.

Resources/Findings:  While I had to really scour the net to find out much about Rebekah and this book. What I did find interesting was that she started out and is a conceptual artist at Weta Worskhop  here in Wellington, NZ and now lives in New York.  Has worked closely with Director Peter Jackson of “Lord of the Rings” Fame.  Is a known artist and built up a portfolio of designs on children’s and other  TV shows such as…   Gulliver’s Travels, The lovely Bones, The Wotwots, and Tintin to name a few.

For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Picture Perfect Book.

(I thought I would sneak in a second book review since I was on a roll with the Kiwi theme)


About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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12 Responses to Picture Perfect Book – Friday

  1. Hannah says:

    How fun! Maybe someday I can make it to New Zealand. Until then I can dream about it and learn kiwi.

    • Thankyou Hannah for dropping by. I hope you will make it to New Zealand, we love having visitors. Please come back and stick around as I intend to continue my “Walk with me in Aoteoroa” again and you will learn a lot. You can check back on my blog and see past posts I have already started, you may find interesting. Happy New Year.

  2. This is a great selection, Diane! It is important to share books of other cultures — especially language. I love this idea. When we were together you used words that were not in my vocabularly and I had to stop and think, or ask. Glad you slipped it in. What are Jandals, kakapos and hakas? Love your offering.

    • I am glad you liked this, I wasn’t sure whether to post this one. I mainly did to show Erik as he has done a review on a ABC book. I hope you were not to confused when I talked, I do forget sometimes when in company that you may not quite “get it” with what I say. Jandals are another word for what you would call “flipflops” I think. Kakapos are beautiful blue birds and Haka is what you have seen in my previous posts, (type of war dance by Maoris). The pictures in the book show the meaning of the words well. Thanks for your lovely comment…. Happy 2012 Pat.

  3. Catherine says:

    How cute and kiwi, Diane! I love coming here for my kiwi fix. Sweet as!

  4. Your very welcome Catherine. Love having you pop in. Stay tuned… big surprise tomorrow.

  5. Maybe we’ll have to plan a trip, so we can read the book.

  6. Very Cool! I like to learn “new” words or words used by other people! 🙂

    • Hi Erik, I thought of you when I came across this ABC book, knowing you had reviewed one I thought of posting the kiwi spin on it for you. It’s a lot of fun learning new words and different meanings.

  7. Susanna says:

    What fun! The more alphabet books there are, the more interesting things you can learn along with the letters. This one looks really cute 🙂

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