There are some fantastic books of Maori myths that have been published. Authors and illustrators like Gavin Bishop, Ron Bacon and Peter Gossage have brought these stories to generations of New Zealand children. The Moana movie has recently brought Maori and Pacific mythology in to the spotlight, with children showing extra interest in these stories. Renowned New Zealand artist, Robyn Kahukiwa has just published a fantastic book with Oratia Books that focuses on the gods from Maori mythology, called Ngā Atua: Maori Gods.
Ngā Atua is the perfect book to introduce young children to the Maori gods. It’s the sort of book that preschool teachers have been crying out for, as it is a picture book that introduces Maori gods with a simple text and bold illustrations. The book introduces children to Tāne, Hine-te-iwaiwa, Tangaroa, Mahuika, Māui and many others. Robyn Kahukiwa tells the stories of the gods and what they are responsible for. Each of the illustrations that accompany the text perfectly capture the gods and their power.
Ngā Atua: Maori Gods is a beautiful book that will be loved by children across New Zealand. It will be a book that will be read and enjoyed again and again and will be an invaluable resource for teachers. I’m sure it will spark an interest in Maori mythology and encourage children to seek out the myths that have been brought to life by other authors and illustrators.