Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed-up, he decides to leave and better himself in the South. But the young Queen, 12 year old Sibilla, is fed-up, too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability. She decides to go with him, insisting he go north to get his mothers bag back from the Emperor of UmBinnia.
Its the 1930s. Our storyteller is crook in bed trying to get over a long sickness and wanting to go back to school, when Uncle Trev arrives to let Mum go out and do the shopping. Uncle Trev tells one story after another about the animals out on his farm, and about his neighbour Gotta Henry.
Perrys mother and father are busy people. And they think only children, like Perry, should be kept busy with plenty of activities and other people in their lives. Perry would prefer a dog. But there is no dog theyre far too messy just week after week full to the brim with after-school activities: piano, clarinet, homework tutoring, Movement class a On Saturday mornings Perry and her father visit Gran at Bower House, but Gran never remembers them
My Dear Mother, Well, Ive gone and done it. Ive joined the Army! Dont be angry at me, Mother dear. I know you were glad when I wasnt chosen in the ballot. But some of my friends were, and since they will be fighting for King and Country, I want to do the same. Its New Zealand, 1914, and the biggest war the world has known has just broken out in Europe.
While holidaying at his fathers house, 12-year-old Jake explores the wild south coast of Wellington, with its high cliffs, biting winds, and its fierce seals. When Jake stumbles upon a perfectly preserved sealskin, hidden in a crevice at Red Rocks, he takes it home and, worried his father will disapprove, hides it under his bed.
A child listens to Koro and Grandma as they weave a tale about the life and times of the ancient puriri tree Taketakerau, the settlement and development of New Zealand, and world events that happened over the last 2000 years. Taketakerau still lives in a fine stand of native bush in the Hukutaia Domain, ten kilometres inland from Opotiki, in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Melu decides to follow his dream, instead of the herd ... The mules had been clip-clopping around the sun-baked hills for generations. They always clip-clopped in the same direction: west towards the setting sun. And they never ventured down to the glittering green sea. But Melu was different. He was always out of step. When the herd clipped, Melu clopped. When the others clopped, Melu clipped. And one day, he decided he wanted to go down to the glittering green sea ...
A hilarious, lively picture book. Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his legs. But when he has to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticketand has to dance his way out of his clothes to find it!
While the kiwi is often depicted as an endangered national symbol in need of our protection, this book takes a dramatically different route. Kiwi: the real story invites the reader into the secret night world of the North Island brown kiwi