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School Library Journal Review
Gr 4-6-Theunissen was born and raised in New Zealand, and has been a lifelong student of Maori and Pacific Island culture and history. This highly pictorial offering introduces the history, cultural traditions, and current lifestyles of the Maori. The scope of the book is broad, and the content under each topic is brief but clear. Full-color photographs and reproductions appear on every spread. A "Finding Out More" section and a glossary with a pronunciation guide are appended. Charles Higham's The Maoris (Lerner, 1983; o.p.) contains more in-depth coverage, but, of course, is dated. Additional current information can be found in Roselynn Smelt's New Zealand (Benchmark, 1998). A supplemental purchase for report support.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book Review
This book gives a brief history of the Maori from their arrival in New Zealand fifteen hundred years ago to the present. Enhanced with color photographs and sidebars in a busy design, the text describes ancient traditions and customs, as well as noting some of the country's flora, fauna, and physical features. A list of additional resources, including books and websites, is appended. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.