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This Dog – Ko Tēnei Kurī

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This dog – Ko Tēnei Kurī – written by Ian Munro, illustrated by Rebecca Utting, nā Piripi Walker i whakamāori

This Dog – Ko Tēnei Kurī” knows what it takes to be a best friend and he’s chosen, as his best friend, the clever and opportunistic blackbird that lives in his yard. This Dog (Ko Tēnei Kurī) is Blackbird’s (Manu Pango) unconditionally loving, genuine, accepting, trustworthy, dependable, faithful, and steadfast friend; his loyal protector from That Cat (Tērā Ngeru) and a one-dog audience patiently listening to endless performances of Blackbird’s song.

Rebecca Utting’s fun illustrations bring Ian Munro’s story to life in an authentic kiwi backyard, complete with resident kurī, ngeru, manu pango, and pēpepe. Piripi Walker’s literal translation keeps the words simple and clear, so each sentence flows when delivered aloud.

This Dog that is my dog digs up worms for me.

Ko Tēnei Kurī, arā, taku kurī he kurī keri toke māku.

Format: This book is a Paperback.

Language: This book is written using both English and te reo Māori text (Bilingual).

Read-Along Audio versions of all Nana’s Shed books in English, Māori and English/Māori, narrated by Willy Craig Fransen, are available on all major audiobook platforms, including Spotify.

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About the Author:

Ian Munro is a retired educator (secondary and tertiary levels). He is a published author who has written a weekly column for the Otago Daily Times since 1999. This Dog – Ko Tēnei Kurī is his first foray into writing for young children.

About the illustrator:

Rebecca Utting is a User Experience designer (UX designer) and digital illustrator with a background in animation, learning design, voice acting, web development, videography, and carnival sideshows. This Dog – Ko Tēnei Kurī is her first children’s picture book.

About the translator:

Piripi Walker (Ngāti Raukawa) is an accredited te reo Māori translator and has worked professionally in this field since 1981. He has written and translated a range of children’s books. Others translated by Piripi available at Poi Princess include:

He raiona i roto i ngā otaota (The lion in the meadow by Margaret Mahy)

This dog – Ko tēnei kuri (by Ian Munro)

Where is This Dog? – Kei hea Tēnei Kurī? (by Ian Munro)

My kiwi Christmas (Board book by Donovan Bixley)

Nana’s electric car – Te motokā hiko o Kui (by Marie Munro)

Nana’s new porch – Te mahau hou o Kui (by Marie Munro)

Nana’s shed – Te wharau o Kui (by Marie Munro)

Nana’s veggie garden – Te mara kai a Kui (by Marie Munro)

Nana’s simple science: Water – Te pūtaiao ngāwari o Kui: Water – Wai (by Marie Munro)

Twinkle twinkle little star – Tīrama tīrama whetū riki e (by Renee Chin)


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