by Sarona Aiono-Iosefa
Auckland, New Zealand: Reed Publishing Ltd
A Pasifika adaptation of the traditional Christmas song, “The 12 days of Christmas”, this book features all things Pacific, including fire dancers, drummers, hula, chiefs, weaving, lavalavas, jandals, tapa, frangipani, corned beef, and a manulele in a mango tree. It is beautifully illustrated using bold lines and colour prints of Pacific icons. This book was nominated because of its “Pacific flavour” and appealing illustrations.
A New Zealand Curriculum-linked activity for this picture book can be found here.