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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!

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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.

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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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Win 1 of 2 Kiwi Babies board books prizes

Win your baby each of the Kiwi Babies books reviewed My Body and Animals in this Kiwi Babies board book prize pack competition!


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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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  1. Micht 25/06/2019 at 1:26 pm

    Being from South Africa has meant a whole new introduction to a language i never knew of and where did i learn it from? My little ones actually…they have come home with Maori words and songs since they started at daycare and into the school years .. having a book like this would have been handy for them and for me too… i love that there are books that specifically teach Maori words to babies…its definitely an advantage at a young age to learn it… if NZ is home…

  2. Bevik1971 21/06/2019 at 11:34 am

    These look really good. My daughter loved books from a very early age and we read to her every day. The English/Maori is awesome, our daughter is of Maori decent and her pronunciation of the Maori word is better than mine! Nice bright pictures and simple words are the best for when they are little, but they absorb so much so repetition is important 🙂

  3. Shorrty4life1 12/06/2019 at 8:45 pm

    Wow how awesome that they have the English and Maori work for the animals and body parts. The Maori language seems to be coming into our childrens learning alot more nowadays which is great.

    • Mands1980 18/06/2019 at 9:20 am

      These are great wee books I know these days the Maori language is important at preschools, play centres etc and having them at home as well is great my children are a bit older now but if I had younger children I would be purchasing. Kids also learn other languages faster when they are little. These books have great pictures as well.

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