What an extraordinary book. We learnt so much from the text and illustrations about two birds that we previously knew nothing about. This book prompted rich discussion, especially around the meaning of words like migration, gorging, tropics and courting. We were left fascinated by how the lives of two completely different birds could be so intertwined in such a seemingly bizarre way.
The inclusion of Te Reo Māori was natural and easy to read. It fits well with how we try to incorporate Te Ao Māori in everything we do in the classroom. It was a lovely fusion of fiction and non-fiction and there were gasps of amazement when we found out what happens when the paths of the cuckoo and warbler meet. It’s quite an unforgettable and unique story and has prompted student-directed learning into New Zealand flora and fauna. We’d love a series of books like this on our bookshelf!
Title: The Cuckoo and the Warbler
Authors: Heather Hunt & Kennedy Warne
Illustrator: Heather Hunt
Publisher: Potton & Burton
Date of Publication: September, 2016
Reviewer: Mel Heke
Position: Primary School Teacher
School: Summerland Primary School, Auckland