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The House that Jack Built

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The House that Jack Built by Gavin Bishop
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"Great Children's book with Maori culture focus."
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A masterly version of a familiar nursery rhyme with a gentle understanding of the forces operating on each side of the Treaty. A delightful marriage of European story and Maori myth and legend. Superbly illustrated with Gavin Bishop's outstan­ding skill, imagination and flair.


"The House that Jack Built is a book with two strands. The main rhythmic text, based on the well-known rhyme, tells the story of Jack Bull, who travels to New Zealand from London as a new settler in 1798. "The detailed contemporary illustrations ...tell the story from a Maori perspective - beginning with the myth of creation: Papatuanuku the earth mother, Ranginui the sky father and their children as guardians of the land. As the story goes on and Jack's house grows, Papatuanuku is shown in the illustrations to weaken and fade.

Author Biography

Gavin Bishop has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books. He has won the LIANZA Russell Clark Award for Illustration four times. Gavin lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Release date NZ
March 2nd, 2012
Country of Publication
New Zealand
colour illustrations
Gecko Press
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