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The Giant of Lake Wakatipu

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The Giant of Lake Wakatipu by Peter Gossage
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Description

A beloved Maori myth about the formation of Wakatipu, a great lake of Te Wai Pounamu, as told by the iconic author and illustrator Peter Gossage. The traditional legend of how Lake Wakatipu was formed, beautifully retold by Peter Gossage. When Manata goes missing from her village, her people discover that she has been kidnapped by a giant. Her lover, Matakauri, sets off to rescue her, knowing that his people will never be safe until the giant is killed. While the giant sleeps, Matakauri builds a fire around him. But what will happen when the fire is lit? This is a beautiful retelling of the legend of how one of New Zealand's great lakes came to be. Read all the Maori myths by Peter Gossage!

Author Biography

Peter Gossage was the storyteller and illustrator of more than 20 books for children. His powerful retelling of Maori myths and legends have captivated the children of New Zealand for generations. Peter's first job on leaving school was at an advertising agency, and his drawings of Maori motifs on a television commercial drew interest from a publisher. This led to a career retelling and illustrating Maori legends for children. He also worked as a display artist at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and as a graphic designer and scenic artist at TV2. With his first book How Maui-tiki-tiki-a-Taranga Found His Mother published in 1975, Peter's iconic illustration style and deceptively simple storytelling will be familiar to many as classics in New Zealand homes and classrooms. He was a master of retelling important Maori myths, including Hinemoa and Tutanekai and Pania of the Reef. Many of the legends feature the hero Maui - also called the quick-witted and the trickster - whose exploits include slowing the sun in its course across the sky, fishing up the North Island/Te Ika a Maui and discovering the secret of fire. The powerful combination of dramatic and distinctive illustrations with minimal yet evocative text has earned each tale its place among the beloved classics of our literature. Peter's stories will never lose their relevancy for New Zealand children, and many of his stories have been made into short films that are played on Maori Television. In 2013, Peter was awarded the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book for How Maui Slowed the Sun. Peter passed away on July 30, 2016.
Release date NZ
November 27th, 2017
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Audience
  • Children / Juvenile
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Imprint
Puffin
Pages
32
Dimensions
215x237x5
ISBN-13
9780143772088
Product ID
26894291

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