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Land of the Long White Cloud, Maori Myths, Tales and Legends

Kanawa, Kiri Te; Illustrated by Michael Foreman

ISBN 10: 1862050759 / ISBN 13: 9781862050754
Published by Pavilion Books Ltd., 1989
Used Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: Land of the Long White Cloud, Maori Myths, ...

Publisher: Pavilion Books Ltd.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Book Type: Book

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A collection of nineteen tales from various Maori tribes of New Zealand about the trickster Maui, the Creation, monsters, birds, animals, and special places.

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Accomplishment in one artistic field isn't always an indicator of skill in another, but Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the internationally acclaimed opera singer, is an excellent reteller of traditional Maori literature. In each of these 19 stories, she provides short introductions to the tales that offer intriguing glimpses of the role of the story in her New Zealand childhood. These give readers the information they need to fully enjoy each story that follows. Lively and full of action, adventure, and magic, the collection is well balanced with myths, hero legends, fairy tales, and pourquoi stories. These tales also reveal specifics of Maori life and its Polynesian roots. Especially appealing is an Orpheus story, "Hutu and Pare," in which a determined hero follows his love into an underworld populated by a fair-skinned, blond-haired people with unusual eating habits. Jewel-toned watercolor illustrations capture the vibrant quality of the stories and convey the changing moods of sea and sky. This book is a rich source of Pacific island material. --Carolyn Polese, Gateway Community School, Arcata, CA
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