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A beautiful collection of children's stories and poems that celebrates the golden days of summer, by some of New Zealand's finest writers and illustrators.

The great Kiwi summer conjures images of the beach, swimming, boating, fishing, families, friends adventures ... This collection of seven stories and ten poems capture that quintessential summer feeling, and is perfect summertime reading to share with children. Dive in to find all sorts of treasures by well-known New Zealand writers and illustrators, including Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Gavin Bishop, Pamela Allen, Gwenda Turner, Fiona Farrell, Elena de Roo, Melanie Drewery, Sandra Morris, Sue Wootton, Brian Turner, Jenny Cooper, Vasanti Unka and David Elliot.
This beautifully produced hardcover with sunny yellow-edged pages will get the whole family into the spirit of summer.


[A] glorious hardcover treasury

Stacey Anyan, North & South

This is a whopper of a picture book with poems, yarns and illustrations themed around Kiwi summers. Some of the content is new, some old. Brian Turner is in there, Patricia Grace and Margaret Mahy too, while James K. Baxter makes a rare and delightful dip into kids’ book territory. A bach bookshelf keeper.

Winston Aldworth, Weekend Herald

An exquisitely produced hardcover with a ribbon and sunny yellow-edged pages, Summer Days is a perfect collection for when you are looking for that special story that represents the feel of summer. The stories and poems range from simple text to amuse some of our younger toddlers while others are perfect for children 4+ with their longer text and complexity. A story for everyone!

Swings and Roundabouts

Sometimes a very special book comes in to my possession. Summer Days is one of these. I love the feel of it, the weight of it, the colour, the size, the blue ribbon bookmark and especially the sun-golden page edges. The inside is just as wonderful. Here is summer packaged for Kiwi kids. There are Pohutukawa trees and buzzing bees, jandals and sandy seashore, Jesus in the cowshed and Grandpa on the beach...This is the very best of the very best.

Kathy Watson, The Reader

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