Two ways to ‘Remember that November’

Remember that November by Jennifer Beck and Lindy Fisher

Remember that November looks at two historically important events that both happened on a 5th of November:

Lana from Room 2 thinks:

“The picture on the cover is very detailed along with the rest of the pictures inside. This book had history, facts and information which made it more interesting to read. I enjoyed this book, because it had to do with New Zealand and its history. I found the information about Parihaka very fascinating. It has a lot of meaning in it. I don’t think the author or illustrator could have done anything extra to put in the book. I liked that the book was also full of mystery. The people who I think will like this book are the people who like reading about New Zealand and finding out information and facts about history.”

And if you would like to know what the book is about, Nathan, Phoenix and Tino from Room 3 have put it quite succinctly:

“The book was in two halves. One was about a man called Guy (who had) fireworks. He tried to blow up the king and his men…
Part 2
The government tried to take the Maori land. The government won, but MAORI came back and WIN IT BACK.”

At an event at the National Library branch in Parnell a couple of months ago Jennifer Beck and Lindy Fisher talked about how this book came about. It was quite an interesting story in which a feather paid an important role. Lindy uses all kinds of materials for her illustrations, including feathers. Have a close look at the illustrations in the book and see what other materials you can discover.

Jennifer Beck (writer)
Jennifer Beck is an award-winning writer and author of more than forty-five children’s books. Her books have been recognised at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards in the picture book, book of the year and children’s choice categories and have been included in the Storylines Notable Books Lists.

Lindy Fisher (illustrator)
Lindy Fisher is an artist, graphic designer and illustrator. She has illustrated over 75 postage stamps and illustrated children’s picture books. She and Jennifer Beck have won awards for Nobody’s Dog (Children’s Choice Award, New Zealand Post Book Awards, 2006), A Present from the Past (Honour Award, New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, 2007) and Stefania’s Dancing Slippers (Silver Medal, Moonbeams Children’s Book Awards, 2008).

This book has been translated into Maori by Kawata Teepa
Kawata Teepa (Tūhoe) has been a translator for number of years, carrying out translation work with the Ministry of Education, Te Kete Ipurangi, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the New Zealand Translation Centre to name a few. Working at Huia Publishers has opened another avenue for me with regards to translations for children’s books, trying to keep the integrity of the original version (English) whilst keeping the Māori language rich but simple as well.


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