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Peer Review: Picture Books December 2015
Reviews by School Librarians,Teachers and Principals of the latest
New Zealand picture books
PictureBook Publishing
Ages: 3-6
Reviewer: Emily Smith, Teacher with Library Responsibilities
Mangere Bridge School
Counting in the South Pacific is a learning to count book. Working with
numbers one to ten, the reader is encouraged to scour the illustrations to
locate the number of items indicated in the text. The illustrations are strong
and rich, and focus on finding objects characteristic of the setting – geckos,
coconuts,dolphins and squawking seagulls. The illustrations are beautiful,
and invite discussion far beyond the locating and counting of objects. A
translation of numbers is offered for the reader to count from one to ten in
English, Maori, Fijian, Samoan and Tongan. This book could be used in a
range of contexts, and beautifully promotes a South Pacific heritage.