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The Seven Stars of Matariki

The Seven Stars of Matariki

This is a contemporary myth of love, magic, and adventure that tells the story of how Matariki/the Pleiades star cluster came into being. Recommended for ages 5-9.

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ISBN 9781869693275
Barcode 9781869693275
Published 6 June 2008 by Huia Publishers
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Rolleston-Cummins, Toni
Illustrated by Slade Robinson, Nikki
Availability Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781869693275
ISBN-10 1869693272
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Huia Publishers
Imprint Huia Publishers
Publication Date 6 June 2008
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Rolleston-Cummins, Toni
Illustrated by Slade Robinson, Nikki
Category Award Winning
Fairy Tales, Fables & Traditional Stories
Matariki (Maori New Year)
Picture Storybooks
Storylines Notable Picture Books
Matariki - The Maori New Year
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 28
Dimensions Width: 290mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 525g
Interest Age 5-9 years
Reading Age 5-9 years
Library of Congress Maori (New Zealand people), New Year - New Zealand
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.3
Catalogue Code 33133

Description of this Book

An adventurous young man called Mitai lives with his seven handsome brothers in the village of Maketu. He watches his brothers become bewitched by seven beautiful women, and under their spell, the brothers no longer eat, look after themselves, work in their gardens or hunt. Realising the women are patupaiarehe, fairy women, he knows they must be cast far away. They are given to Urutengangana, the god of the stars, and he places the patupaiarehe in the heavens farthest from the earth. Yet once a year, at winter solstice, he allows their beauty to shine in the eastern sky.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Picture Books 2009

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Author's Bio

Toni Rolleston-Cummins, has a journalism degree and has written poems and stories from a young age. Finding a shortage of good books about Matariki, she originally wrote this story to engage and entertain her class and make the story of Matariki come alive and have meaning. This is her first published book. Nikki Slade-Robinson has worked as a freelance illustrator since 1989. Nikki's passion is drawing for children, and she has illustrated over 20 children's books and readers, including award-winning The Puriri Tree/Te Puriri (Huia Publishers).

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