Daniel’s Matariki Feast by Rebecca Beyer and Linley WellingtonJuly 2nd, 2014
Matariki Star Weaving at HornbySome rights reserved
It is encouraging to see a new book reaching the market with Matariki as its focus. New Zealand children deserve the opportunity to read about the celebrations centred in their own communities especially those relating to Māori. Daniel's Matariki Feast is a simple story of a child's first day of school when he finds the teacher and students involved in preparing for the New Year's feast. Early fears of facing a new experience are overcome and adult's memories of previous Matariki celebrations are remembered.
Thoughts and images relating to planting the new garden and the companionship of preparing and sharing the yummy food are all expressed clearly through the text and the colourful illustrations. It would have been wonderful if Aotearoa was more clearly featured but well done that this team has filled a much needed gap in story telling for our younger readers.
Image by Christchurch City Libraries