My Body for Kiwi Babies & Animals for Kiwi Babies
Let’s name the parts of our bodies in English and Maori, and discover some of Aotearoa’s animals and their names in English and Maori.
My boy has ants in his pants and is a bit of a night owl so I was happy to see the colourful illustration of these board books grab his attention immediately and settle him quietly on the couch before bed, and for long enough to ready both!
My Body, and Animals, are two of a series of books written and illustrated by Matthew and Fraser Williamson which teach our little learners names, numbers and colours in both English and Maori, and my little red haired tama took to it like a duck to water.
Simple and sweet he was introduced to manu (bird), kuri (dog), kiore (most) and poaka (pig), and the parts of his body from waha (mouth) to waewae (leg/foot), finding them easy to read with mumma. Pointing at the words and using the cute pictures to read them he was happily engaged and I was quietly pleased with it’s educational undertow! With sounds at the back of the book you’ll both be pros in pronunciation in no time. Older siblings can get involved in the fun too, learning a few more words in Maori, and if they haven’t already been calling their tummy’s “puku’s” from time they could speak they soon will be!
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Written by Ronnie Swainston
Online Producer & Experiences Editor Ronnie is mum to two spirited kids who keep her on her toes. With a love for travel, film, tv, photography & (eating) food keeping her wishing for more time, & having a keen curiosity means she’ll give almost anything a go making her, and her family, up for the job!
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