A Book of Pacific Lullabies
Edited by Tessa Duder
Auckland, New Zealand: Harper Collins
This beautifully presented book includes lullabies by children’s authors from New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. Each of the poems reflects an aspect of the Pacific, whether it be the landscape, nature or the “millions of stars”. Some are presented in dual language versions, while others use language of the Pacific Islands within them. The book is stunningly illustrated in water colours by Anton Petrov. It was recommended for the collection because it uses music and song, and because it contains beautiful illustrations. It also incorporates the wider Pacific region.
This book won the Russell Clark Award in the 2002 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards.
A New Zealand Curriculum-linked activity for this picture book can be found here.