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Four excitingly told and stunningly illustrated Maori stories for children aged 3-10, by top New Zealand children's writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop.

A collection of four excitingly told and stunningly illustrated Maori stories for children, by award-winning New Zealand children's writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop.

Counting the Stars continues to take traditional myths to a new level. Created by one of New Zealand's most talented and passionate children's book writers and illustrators.

A sequel to Taming the Sun and Riding the Waves, this stunning book contains four more Maori myths, including two well-known legends (Ranginui and Papatuanuku and Hinemoa and Tutanekai) and two less well-known legends (The battle of the birds and Kae and the whale).

Aimed at children 3-10 years, these myths are simply written and yet powerful. They're exciting and scary but each story is nicely resolved. Gavin allows the essence of the original myths to remain while also re-telling them for a new generation of children.

The illustrations are stunning - the different colour palette for each story and the strong mix of techniques create bold and beautiful images.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 28, 2012

    RHNZ Children's

    48 pages

    RRP $19.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • Storylines Notable Non-fiction Award
    Storylines Notable Non-fiction

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Teddy One-Eye
Bruiser & the Big Snow
Piano Rock
Footsteps Through The Fog
Taming The Sun
Kiwi Moon


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I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You
The Polar Express
One Very Tired Wombat
There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake
No One Likes a Fart
Scarface Claw, Hold Tight!
Where Is The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
Spot's First Christmas
LGB I'm A T. Rex!
LGB The Tale Of Peter Rabbit
LGB Where Do Giggles Come From
LGB The Little Red Hen
Peppa Pig: Going Swimming –  Read It Yourself With Ladybird Level 1
LGB My First Counting Book
LGB The Poky Little Puppy
LGB The Fuzzy Duckling
LGB The Hug Book
LGB The Saggy Baggy Elephant
Malala's Magic Pencil