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Voted one of the top 10 picture books of 2013 by the New Zealand Listener

This book works beautifully for lap reading (as my [6 yr old] co-reviewer proved by asking for it three nights in a row). But it would also be an amazing book to use in the classroom [...] Pick up a copy of this charming book and enjoy.
Philly Parenting,

This is an amazing book for kids!

A wonderfully written picture book [...] I can see this book working very well in a classroom for units on culture, health and wellness and even habitats. And of course just as an engaging read aloud that I foresee leading to interesting discussions.

Highly recommended ... Sparkling, fantastical illustrations enchant, sprucing up a tough life with a bit of magic and imagination.
Foreward reviews

Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly is unique, educational and inspirational. […] readers will be delighted by the beautiful illustrations by Annie Hayward. With deep, rich saturated color, they invoke a dreamy like quality that magically keeps your eye on every page.

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Author and illustrator have combined seamlessly to tell this story [...] I have been to many book launches at the Children’s Bookshop but I don’t think I have ever seen such a long queue of buyers snaking out to the front door, all of whom wanted the book – and to have it signed.
Barbara Murison, Around the Bookshops

This beautiful multicultural book offers important and valuable life lessons about courage, and resilience. It is also perfect to peak your children's curiosity about science, and geography with it's beautiful illustrations. This book is a favorite in our home, and my son truly enjoyed this beautifully written children's

A delightful parable, in which the wise old grandmother teaches her precocious grandchild important life lessons about awareness, compassion, and courage, Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly is highly recommended.
Midwest Book Review

The conversations [Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly] can inspire are valuable ones to take place between parents and children.

Illustrated with warmth and radiance this is an epic story told with charm. A tale of the resilience it takes "just to get there" when the going is rough and the road is long [...] I read this story twice. There was so much about family, changes a family can go through, and finding your place in the world.

The title just begs you to come in and explore what lies between the book covers. And what lies between the covers of Nicola Muir’s new book is a very unique children’s story, chock-full of lessons for kids of all ages.

It is the type of book a grandparent would enjoy reading to his or her own grandchildren, and then sharing their own family stories. Perhaps it would be time to plan some far-reaching travels of their own.

[This] is an excellent book for parents and children alike. It teaches such great lessons, but makes them understanding and interesting for little readers. The illustrations by Anne Hayward set the tone for an enchanting and enlightening experience through nature, history and life. Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly will definitely be on heavy rotation in our home for years to come.

This is an illustrated story for children aimed at children aged 5-9. The godwits are an iconic bird species with a long bill migrate each year from New Zealand/Aotearoa through East Asia and the Pacific to the Alaskan Arctic regions. A girl and her grandmother are on a beach watching the godwits feeding and the story of the godwit’s epic migration is charmingly told, touching on waves of human migration on the way – of the Maori to Aotearoa as well as the grandmother’s own (Baba Didi is a migrant from Croatia).

The book has a foreword by Helen Clark, the former NZ prime minister who is now head of the UN Development Programme.

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This is an amazing book for kids!

About the authors

Nicola Muir (author) is a teacher, writer and regular columnist for New Zealand newspaper, Northern Advocate.

Annie Hayward (illustrator) is an abstract and figurative painter. She exhibits widely and she has been commissioned for many in New Zealand and internationally.

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-130-0
Dimensions: 270 mm x 200 mm
Page extent: 32

Date added: January 22, 2013

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  1. #1 Crissi Blair 13 Oct 13

    I have just been reading about the launch of Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly. I publish an annual guide to children's books by NZ authors and illustrators, I also review for a number of publications including Herald on Sunday, Family Times, Storylines, NZ Book Council and Magpies and wondered if it would be possible to get a review copy of Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly.
    My contact details are as follows:
    Crissi Blair
    PO Box 21 265, Henderson, Auckland 0650
    271 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Auckland 0612, New Zealand
    Phone 09 836 1261 Mobile 021 163 2496
    Email [email protected]

    You can download a free digital copy of my publication 'New Zealand Children's Books in Print' here:

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