The Heading dog who split in half-Legends and tall tales from New Zealand by Michael Brown and Mat Tait

The Heading dog who split in half-Legends and tall tales from New Zealand by Michael Brown and Mat Tait

Perfect for intermediate and secondary school libraries, this wonderful collection of legends and tall tales makes a welcome and entertaining Kiwi addition. The tall tales or ‘stories’ date from the period following the Māori-European contact when new tales were spun and older traditions adapted to changing circumstances.

The notable difference between this book and other New Zealand/Māori myths and legends is the blend of migrating cultures and traditions. Additionally, the fact that some of the tall tales are based on historical occurrences makes them even more fascinating and leaves the reader curious about events in New Zealand history.

It also affords the opportunity for great discussion. The accessible graphic novel style adds a certain visual flavour and mystique to the stories. However, this book is more than just a collection of tall tales; it is a dedication to our ever changing history, to the passage of time and to the migrating peoples who have made New Zealand the country it is today.

Recommended for Intermediate and secondary levels.

Image: Herding Dogs by Natalie Maynor

 

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