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If you'd like to speak the beautiful Maori language with your kids, this is the book to get you started!

Help your tamariki to korero Maori with this brilliant first words book by Stacey Morrison, gorgeously illustrated by Ali Teo and John O'Reilly.

My First Words in Maori equips your whanau with the first words you need to speak te reo at home together.

With lively pictures labelled in Maori and English, each page introduces the concepts and words children use as they first begin to talk, get to know people and explore the world around them.

Designed by Maori language champion and broadcaster Stacey Morrison for parents and tamariki to read together, with plenty of details in the illustrations to point out and name, scenes include- Taku Tinana/My Body, Taku Whanau/My Family, Taku Whare/My House, Wahi Takaro/At the Park, Tatahi/At the Beach, Te Marae / The Marae - and much more!

This is the perfect book to bring the Maori language into your home and have fun with the kids on their language journey.
By:   Stacey Morrison
Illustrated by:   Ali Teo
Imprint:   Puffin
Country of Publication:   New Zealand
Dimensions:   Height: 275mm,  Width: 215mm,  Spine: 5mm
Weight:   188g
ISBN:   9780143773337
ISBN 10:   014377333X
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   03 September 2019
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

About the author- Stacey Morrison (Ngai Tahu, Te Arawa) is a radio and TV broadcaster whose projects have spanned 25 years. She is the co-host of the Drive show on The Hits, having previously worked on Mai FM and Flava, and her most recent TV credit was Whanau Living, which included the whole Morrison family on screen, offering lifestyle ideas and projects, all while speaking te reo Maori. Stacey's love of language learning, and desire to understand her heritage language, started as an AFS student in Japan. In 2016, she won Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori Champion Award for te reo Maori. She lives in Auckland with her husband Scotty and their three children, who are proud to speak Maori as their first language. About the illustrators- Ali Teo and John O'Reilly are freelance New Zealand illustrators and designers who have collaborated on several award-winning children's books, including Tahi - One Lucky Kiwi (with Melanie Drewery), Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! and Melu (both with Kyle Mewburn). They live in Tauranga with their son Tiger.

Reviews for My First Words in Maori

The book is user-friendly with both Maori and English nouns beside each illustration. Another nice touch is that on each spread are common phrases to be used with tamariki, such as on the bedroom page are the phrases, 'Kei te tiwekaweka tenei ruma! This room is messy!' and 'Me tuku i nga tautapu takaro ki hea? Where should the toys go?' as well as phrases that can use other kupu from the theme, such as on the emotions page the phrases are 'Kei te pehea koe? How are you?' and 'Ka nui taku harikoa. I'm so happy' Perfect resource for all early learning services, homes and all ages. --Swings and Roundabouts The perfect first language book to teach te reo Maori. --Kids Books NZ

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