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A Kiwi Year: Twelve Months in the Life of New Zealand’s Kids

Life in other countries is different but somehow the same, but as a child, how other people live in other countries is always interesting and fascinating to try and work out what other kids your age are doing.

In A Kiwi Year, Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling, along with five New Zealand children share what happens over the twelve months of their year, as they sometimes have different events to each other, as they come from different backgrounds, but all call themselves Kiwi’s.

Mason wants to grow up and become a rugby player with the famous All Black Rugby team, Charlotte, or Charlie to her friends and everyone else, wants to be a Zoologist, Oliver was born in China, loves Lego, cricket and acting. Ruby is a twin and wants to go to Uni and study Design when she grows up and Kaia, whose family are Maori loves netball and wants to be an Architect.

Divided into months, January of course is when everyone is on holidays from school, the weather is hot and everyone hang’s out doing things with their families and friends, like going camping, playing cricket, doing heaps of eating and riding bikes.

March sees the trees start to change their colours and lose their leaves, St Patricks Day as is Children’s festival are celebrated with lots of baking and fun, but most importantly the Rugby season begins. Snow falls in July, schools take a small holiday and lots of fun is had snowboarding, skiing. When school returns children learn to carve and weave, Maori style and drink Milo made by Mum.

Guy Fawkes night is celebrated with fireworks in November as is Diwali Festival and whale watching can be done if you are lucky enough to go to Kaikoura. But when December come around once again, it is time to write Christmas cards, finish school for the year, decorate the Christmas tree, eat far too much on Christmas Day and enjoy celebrating the coming of a fresh new year.

See, the same, but different.

Author Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling
Publisher EK/Exisle Publications
ISBN 9781925820287
Distributor EK Books
Released 2019