Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Kiwi Year: Twelve Months in the Life of New Zealands Kids by Tania McCartney –NOT RECOMMENED

McCartney, Tania A Kiwi Year: Twelve Months in the Life of New Zealands Kids, 32 pages. EK Books (Exisle), 2017.  $18. PICTURE BOOK 

This book features a double page spread for each month of the year. On the two pages it shows what a typical child (there are 5 featured) might do during that month: holidays, food, sports, activities, enjoying the weather, and festivals. It features simple bright illustrations.

Although this book is stuffed with small facts, it somehow manages to be too much and not enough all at once. Students looking to learn about New Zealand will bogged down with tons of little things but nothing substantive. For example there are the names of holidays and festivals without much information certainly not enough to make it interesting or useful. I have to say I think this book would be better if it has photographs instead of illustrations. Don’t get me wrong the illustrations are really cute, but I wanted to see the amazing trees, unique sights, and unfamiliar food in more detail. I wouldn’t add this to my library collection.

EL(K-3) – NO.  Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author

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