New Zealand A History in Pictures.

‘New Zealand a History in Pictures’ is a must have book for teachers.  This book has pictures by Peter Gossage who is a famous author and artist of children’s books.  The book is 30 pages long and starts from the beginning of the making of the New Zealand islands through the eruptions of volcanoes.  It follows on with the arrival of people to New Zealand including Maori and other cultures.

The book has short simple text and of course great pictures.  The book was published in 1997 so takes us to the time the sky tower was built.

This book is a good reference for teachers as you can do some lesson planning from any of the pages within it.  it covers topics like the treaty of Waitangi and Anzac Day.  It has information about early Maori life in New Zealand and information about the conflicts that happened too.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

As it is an old book it is now out of print but try your local library for a copy.  If any subscribed person is interested in buying this book I have a secondhand copy available for $10 plus postage.  Leave a message in comments and I will get back to you.


Fun with Flax – Book Review.

Fun with Flax by Mick Pendergrast.


Overview of Book: 50 different projects that are made from flax.  This is a much loved book by a lot of teachers.  It contains knowledge of the basics of plaiting skills.  Traditional Māori plaiting or rāranga is a skill that requires a lot of practice.  You can not expect to create a kete from flax in your first week.  Practice, practice and more practice is the key to mastering this Māori craft.

Price:  $24.60


Fun With Flax: 50 Projects For Beginners


Excellent for beginners of using flax.

Great step by step pictures of how the projects are made.

Several of the projects can be accomplished by young children.

It shows different projects from New Zealand and other countries in the world.

This book gives you information about the flax plant , it’s history and traditions.


Most projects are too hard for young children.2-5 years olds.  Adult supervision is required.

It does take a lot of practice to accomplish some projects but this is normal.

Not really any cons with this book review.


This is an excellent reference book for those who are wanting to learn how to plait flax and make  a lot of different objects.  Children are able to learn to make some of the projects and it gives children some insight into the world of flax.  Fun With Flax: 50 Projects For Beginners is a must have book for teachers within all ece centres and will give you a lot of projects to teach and learn over your time as a teacher.

My Rating: 5/5


‘Kei te Peke Ahau’ book review – Music and Movement.

Kei Te Peke Ahau (Te Reo Singalong)

Today I want to review the book Kei te Peke Ahau by Sharon Holt and illustrated by Deborah Hinde.  This book is perfect for your music and movement session with children. This book is filled with 24 pages of pictures that delights children.  It also has a cd so you can enjoy listening to the music too.

I would recommend this book to everyone as it has been a great Māori resource for me in the past.  The use of te reo Māori is used throughout the song.  There is a glossary at the back to check what the Māori words mean.

Kei Te Peke Ahau (Te Reo Singalong) is a fun book.

This book is perfect for those learning te reo Māori.  There are other books similar to this there is a series of them.  Played on a regular basis you and the children will be singing this little song in no time at all.  This book is about animals from New Zealand and their movements.

Learning outcomes of using Kei Te Peke Ahau (Te Reo Singalong).

  • children are developing movement  to music skills
  • developing language
  • developing social skills as they interact with each other
  • developing listening skills
  • developing large and small  motor skills
  • developing their imagination
  • learning about different New Zealand animals and their movements
  • music and movement is important to development children’s minds, body and soul.

Let me know how you get along with this book in the comments and any suggestions you would have for others who have this great resource. 

Here is a link to buy this book.