Manukura: The little white kiwi (preschool/primary age)

Quick Overview

True story by world-renowned writer Joy Cowley about the beautiful rare white kiwi Manukura in picture book format for young children.

When a rare white kiwi was born in captivity at Pukaha Mount Bruce, Maori recognised this as something very special – a treasure and a sign of new beginnings.

In this beautiful picture book Joy Cowley tells the story of Manukura the little white kiwi and offers an uplifting message to all young New Zealanders.

Health Professional Review

Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Liz Maluschnig

Book Title: Manukura the White Kiwi

Author: Joy Cowley

Date Published: 2012

Target Audience: Children 8 and under

Problem Addressed: Awareness of the mystery and preciousness of Kiwi

Book Summary:

A delightfully sensitive book drawing the young reader into a Kiwi sanctuary and the birth and life of a white kiwi.
Beautiful prose that welcomes the young reader to hear about this Kiwis life and recognize that they too are a precious taonga like this rarest of kiwi birds. Good clear illustrations. Beautiful mix of Maori and English words – a true heritage book for our country.


Perfectly suited for a young reader and very personable, yet very factual


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