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Reviews by Annemarie Florian, owner of Storytime

The Beginner's Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand

by Paul Adamson, $34.95


A highly illustrated book for budding hunters and fishermen in New Zealand. How do you stalk a trout? How do you skin a rabbit? How does a bullet work? Instructional and highly illustrated, this is a beginner's book of hunting and fishing for all ages. It features the where, when, what to look for, and how of New Zealand's most popular hunting and fishing pursuits. From rabbit hunting to duck shooting, possuming to large game hunting, eeling to whitebaiting, the Book of Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand will give any budding hunter the basic skills and knowledge for a lifetime of adventure.

This book also places an emphasis on safety, including information on the right firearms for the right animal, how to hunt with dogs, and the essentials of mountain safety and bushcraft in New Zealand.

With an accessible text, diagrams, fun facts and a glossary of hunting terms, it's a great classroom resource for teaching bush safety and a perfect go-to book to help the whole family get out and appreciate our wilderness.

The author, Paul Adamson, shows great enthusiasm and a love of the outdoors in this book, whether through fishing, hunting, or photography. An expert on boys' education, he is currently in charge of an alternative school in the Wairarapa.


Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly

by Nicola Muir, illustrated by Annie Hayward, $19.95

A charmingly told story by Whangarei author Nicola Muir, of the godwit's epic migration, touching on waves of human migration on the way.

This illustrated storybook is for children aged 5-12. The godwits are about to alight on our shores again around September, and they'll stay and feast on the marginal lands of estuaries and shorelines - like those at Ruakaka , until they set out again on their remarkable flight, which takes them across the Pacific Ocean, on to China, Siberia and Alaska.

The story features a young girl (Isabella) and her grandmother (Baba Didi) on the beach, watching the godwits feeding while digging pipis. Baba Didi shares her admiration of the little bird's epic migration, and in so doing, also shares her wise and thoughtful ruminations on the migrations of people to Aotearoa.

At the book's core is the loving relationship between Isabella and her grandmother, and the author has successfully mined this to reflect how this huge gap, this chasm that so often opens up between generations, may be closed; how it's important for us all, young and old alike, to talk with each other about what we see as important in our lives, what qualities we must value and nurture, generation after generation.

Artist Annie Hayward's richly-coloured illustrations successfully weave both stories, bird and human, together; they are whimsical and imaginative and capture the mood perfectly. And the foreword from our own Aunty Helen, now head of the UN Developmental Programme, shows the wisdom and insight we've come to expect from our highly-regarded former Prime Minister.

All in all a delightful read, and the cherry on the top? UNICEF receives royalties from each copy sold.

This book will be launched as part of the Family Day planned for Whangarei Central Library, Saturday September 21.

Both books are available at Storytime

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