Picture Book

The Seven Stars of Matariki

Toni Rolleston-Cummins


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An adventurous young man called Mitai lives with his seven handsome brothers in the village of Maketu. He watches his brothers become bewitched by seven beautiful women, and under their spell, the brothers no longer eat, look after themselves, work in their gardens or hunt.

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Realising the women are patupaiarehe, fairy women, he knows they must be cast far away. They are given to Urutengangana, the god of the stars, and he places the patupaiarehe in the heavens farthest from the earth. Yet once a year, at winter solstice, he allows their beauty to shine in the eastern sky.

This book is also available as a Māori-language edition Te Huihui o Matariki.

Genre

Children’s

Pages

28

Language

English

Publication Date

June 2, 2008

Dimensions

210 x 297 mm

Recommended Age

4–8

ISBN (Soft Cover)

9781869693275

"Children's books of myth and magic are best enjoyed with bewitching illustrations to drool over and simple, minimalistic text. 'The Seven Stars of Matariki' is indicative of a delightful read of beauty, deception, loyalty and love with a contemporary twist...A book that will cause a lasting impression and a story that will no doubt be re-told each year in June."

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