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- Bedtime stories
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- A fun introduction to the museum
An exciting, beautifully illustrated book set in the world of museum treasures
A visit to New Zealand’s famous national museum, Te Papa, launches a boy and his whānau on a magical adventure to find Pāpā after he gets lost. He’s gone missing inside one of the museum’s taonga (treasures), but which one? Will they find Pāpā before the museum closes?
Searching with the help of a museum host, the family encounters moa, paddles a vaka, flees war-time Hong Kong and rides the famous Britten Bike. The informative stories, backed by expert research, show how we can make a connection (te hononga) with special objects. This gorgeous picture book is perfect for both reading out loud to younger children and for independent readers.
This richly designed and engaging book provides a deeper understanding of diverse treasures, including objects and specimens from Te Papa’s many collections. It shows that museum treasures aren’t simply objects on display, but living objects with stories that connect us to people and the natural world. Key te reo Māori words and phrases are translated in-text.
Written by Victoria Cleal and illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
About the author
Victoria Cleal works as a writer and editor at Te Papa. She worked on the Nature |Te Taiao exhibition and several stories for the children’s TV series He Paki Taonga and its associated book. Her first book, also based on a treasure at Te Papa, and illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, was Whiti: Colossal Squid of the Deep, winner of the Best Children’s Book at the 2021 Whitley Awards for zoological literature.
About the illustrator
Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (Ngāti Kahungungu ki te Wairoa, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Irakehu) is a graphic artist with a diploma in Visual Arts (UCOL) and a Bachelor of Design (Hons) majoring in illustration from Massey University. She has illustrated for Huia Publishers and the School Journal (Lift Education), as well as several of the stories for the children’s TV series He Paki Taonga and its associated book.
Extent: 32 pages