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Description - Counting The Stars by Gavin Bishop

A collection of four excitingly told and stunningly illustrated Maori stories for children, by award-winning New Zealand children's writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop.

Counting the Stars continues to take traditional myths to a new level. Created by one of New Zealand's most talented and passionate children's book writers and illustrators.

A sequel to Taming the Sun and Riding the Waves, this stunning book contains four more Maori myths, including two well-known legends (Ranginui and Papatuanuku and Hinemoa and Tutanekai) and two less well-known legends (The battle of the birds and Kae and the whale).

Aimed at children 3-10 years, these myths are simply written and yet powerful. They're exciting and scary but each story is nicely resolved. Gavin allows the essence of the original myths to remain while also re-telling them for a new generation of children.

The illustrations are stunning - the different colour palette for each story and the strong mix of techniques create bold and beautiful images.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781775530176
ISBN-10: 1775530175
Format: Paperback / softback
(320mm x 217mm x 3mm)
Pages: 48
Imprint: Random House New Zealand Ltd
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Sep-2012
Country of Publication: New Zealand

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Author Biography - Gavin Bishop

Gavin Bishop is a highly acclaimed children s book author and illustrator. Born in Invercargill, he spent his childhood in the remote railway settlement of Kingston on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Studying under Russell Clark and Rudi Gopas, Gavin graduated from the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts with an honours degree in painting. He taught art at Linwood High School and at Christ s College in Christchurch. He won the Margaret Mahy Medal in 2000, as well as numerous fellowships and national book awards. His book Weaving Earth and Sky won the non-fiction section and the Book of the Year Award of the NZ Post Children s Book Awards 2003, and was shortlisted for the LIANZA Elsie Lock Medal in 2003. He has won the LIANZA Russell Clark Medal for Illustration four times- Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant (1981); Kiwi Moon (2006); Rats! (2008); and There was a Crooked Man (2010). Among his successful partnerships has been that with writer Joy Cowley, with whom he won the Best in Junior Fiction and Book of the Year at the 2008 NZ Post Children s Book Awards for Snake and Lizard. The Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book

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