Great Mates - 30 New Zealand Stories...
Great Mates - 30 New Zealand Stories for Children
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Stories for New Zealand children about making friends at school, in the neighbourhood, in camp grounds, overseas, and even at the far ends of the galaxy. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.
Friends - everyone's got them, even if they don't always get along with them all the time! Friendship is a universal theme for Kiwi kids and this year's collection of 30 stories covers a range of situations: being the new kid at school, competition between friends, learning to get along with people who are different, and finding friends in unexpected places
In the latest in this ever-popular series of children’s anthologies, Barbara Else has hand-picked the best tales of friendship. Philip Webb has lovingly illustrated each one in a quirky style that helps us imagine the world of each story.
Great Mates brings together some of New Zealand’s most popular writers, such as David Hill, John Parker and Emma Neale, with newer names such as Joseph Ryan, Shaun Barnett, Jeff Taylor and Joan Braddock.
The authors tell stories about new friends, old friends, funny and sad friends, fantastical and magical friends. Then there are the worst mates and the best of enemies. There are grown-up friends, friends your own age and animal friends. They play on the beach, argue at school and hang out at home and even in outer space.
Barbara Else is a successful writer of adult and children’s fiction and she has edited many children’s anthologies, including Showtime! 30 New Zealand Stories for Children, published in 2008.
Philip Webb is a well-known New Zealand children’s illustrator. In 2009 he won the Honour Award in the Picture Book category of the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards for Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig, written by Diana Neild.
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