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Family of forest and fungi: He tukutuku toiora

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Family of forest and fungi: He tukutuku toiora – by Valetta Sowka, illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White, nā Hana Park i whakamāori

How did our Māori ancestors use mushrooms? What are some of the astounding ways that fungi can help us? Why do mushrooms glow?

Discover the answers to these questions and more in this book for tamariki about the magical world of fungi.

Help your child build a natural connection to the taiao by journeying to the forests of Aotearoa and discovering the amazing kingdom of fungi that dwells there!

Format: This book is a Paperback.

Language: This book is written in English but uses te reo Māori text to build reo Māori, name items and ask questions.

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About the Author:

Valetta Sowka (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa) was raised in the Whanganui area, studied at the NZ Film & Television School, and then worked in media overseas for different permaculture institutes. Exploring the natural world with her tamariki brings her alot of joy – learning about plants and flowers and discovering the magic of mushrooms.

About the translator:

Hana Park (Te Ātiawa) is a kaiako reo Māori, teaching our reo rangatira. She loves connecting with nature through gardening, and swimming with her tamariki.

About the Illustrator:

Isobel Te Aho-White (Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa) expresses herself and her heritage through a variety of artistic mediums, both digital and traditional.

Other books available at Poi Princess illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White include:

Matariki around the world: A cluster of stars and cluster of stories

The Astromancer: The rising of Matariki

The Māori picture dictionary – Te papakupu whakaahua

Santa’s worst Christmas and the reo Māori version Te kirihimete i whakakorea

Isobel also designed the Matariki star cluster for these items also available:

Matariki magnetic match up

Matariki wooden ornaments 

Matariki craft hanging ornament

Matariki star cluster stickers

Matariki glow in the dark stickers

Matariki colouring and activity book



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