Māori Child by Robyn KahukiwaNovember 17th, 2015
Robyn Kahukiwa’s talent as an artist and author are present throughout her new book Māori Child. The imagery and language used in the retelling of the creation myth is perfectly matched to the story and its target audience. Kahukiwa makes repetitive use of the koru pattern for the background of each page. Further illustrations are gradually developed over these to link through the narrative, - the story for the tamariki of Aotearoa. This effectively encourages the reader to claim the story as their own. The imagery although remarkably sophisticated on one level does create a message easily understood by children.
This book could be used in a number of ways. It is shelved in the 398’s because it is essentially the creation myth and therefore a title to use when studying myths and legends. The use of colour and the symbolism could be a focus for discussion at many levels from both an artistic and cultural perspective. The message in the story of owning your culture could lead to children researching their own whakapapa.
Image: Little singers by Stewart Baird on Flickr