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New Zealand : land of the long white cloud
Keyworth, Valerie.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Parsippany, N.J. : Dillon Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
111 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
A history and description of this island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean including discussion of its people, traditions, folkways, holidays, schools, recreations, foods, and sports.
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DU408 .K48 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This book tells of a country all in size but large in accomplishment. The country of New Zealand is world famous for spectacular scenery. It is also proudly famous for its tradition of equal rights. The Maori (native people) and the Pakeha ("white people") are equal and united, and this small country shows concern for the welfare of all. This bringing together of different cultures has resulted in a rich mix of art forms. We learn that most New Zealanders -- 80% of the population -- live in the cities, with nearly one-third living in or around the city of Auckland. They borrow their nickname, Kiwi, from the small, flightless bird that is native to the country and have named the popular export -- the kiwi fruit -- after the bird. New Zealand is becoming an ever more popular vacation destination for Americans and others.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-- New Zealand's history, culture, and geography are adequately introduced through straightforward text and full-color photographs. As in other titles in the series, a small map locates major cities and rivers but provides little information on the country's physical features, and a ``Fast Facts'' section provides the type of information readers would find in an almanac. A chapter on the Maori way of life offers insight into the heritage of the first settlers, particularly the concept of tapu , a strict set of guidelines that traditionally ruled every facet of behavior, and moko, the elaborate facial tattoo that served as an individual's signature. Although Keyworth does not soft-pedal the often violent history of the Maori and European settlers, the emphasis throughout the book is on the current ways the two cultures work and live together harmoniously. A chapter on food products includes some recipes, most of which require adult assistance for preparation. The book is up-to-date and is more detailed than New Zealand (Wayland, 1988). --Jeanette Larson, Mesquite Public Library, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.