Picture Book

How My Koro Became a Star

Brianne Te Paa


A young boy learns about the customs around celebrating Matariki from his grandfather. They watch the stars from the top of a mountain, prepare their offering of food for the gods, and the boy learns about Te Waka o Rangi and the tradition of calling out the names of loved ones who have passed away so that they can become stars. Just before Matariki the following year, the boy’s Koro suddenly dies.

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He gathers and prepares the food offering and asks each family member to come with him up the mountain when Matariki is due to rise, but they all make excuses, and he is disheartened. But when he tells them what Koro taught him, they all climb the mountain before sunrise, follow the rituals Koro carried out and call out Koro’s name so that he can become a star.

This book is also available as a Māori-language edition, Kua Whetūrangitia a Koro.

Genre

Children’s

Pages

40

Language

English

Publication Date

May 20, 2022

Dimensions

245 x 270 mm

ISBN (Soft Cover)

9781775506935

"This is a simply stunning book, steeped in tradition, that moved our whānau to tears. Tears of joy that a book like this finally exists, tears of empathy as the little boy finds his whānau are all busy, and tears as we remembered our loved ones who are now stars."

Rebekah Lyell, NZ Booklovers

"What a beautiful story. So much is shared between these pages. There is rhyme, and beautiful moving illustrations. There is the bond across generations and then the passing of custom to generations in between. There is a story of Matariki and one of a family re-bonding below it."

Adele Broadbent, What Book Next?

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