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Kiwi Moon

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Kiwi Moon – By Gavin Bishop

Created by well-known children’s writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop, this is the story of a little white kiwi. When he is born his mother doesn’t recognise him because he’s not brown. Little Kiwi looks to the moon as his mother instead because it is white and bright and round. In the background of this story we see the changing times of a nearby pa.

Through illustrations only we see intertribal warfare, the death of the chief, English soldiers arriving and then the burning of the pa. This fire spreads and the two stories become one as the white kiwi’s habitat is razed to the ground. On the surface this is a very simple story but it also contains themes of intertribal warfare, European colonisation of New Zealand, Māori/Pākeha relations, and conservation.

There is a lot to savour on each page — with Gavin’s stunning illustrations of the main kiwi story, the on-going images of the pa, plus close-ups of insects and plants.

Format: This book is a Paper back.

Language: This book is written in English.

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About the Author/Illustrator

Gavin Bishop is of Ngāti Pūkeko and Ngāti Mahuta descent. He has written and illustrated many children’s books, and has won numerous awards both in New Zealand and overseas.

Other books available by Gavin Bishop include:

Maui and the Goddess of fire


Aotearoa The NZ Story

Amazing Aotearoa Activity book

Counting the stars: Four Māori myths

Taming the sun: Four Māori myths

Wildlife of Aotearoa



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