Monday, November 23, 2015

The Adventures of Hutu and Kawa

The Adventures of Hutu and Kawa
Avis Acres

The Adventures of Hutu and Kawa, a bestselling classic children's book from the 1950s by New Zealand artist Avis Acres, is reissued by popular demand in a gorgeous hardback gift edition. This new edition is to commemorate the 60th anniversary of this classic New Zealand story's first publication.

In an old pohutukawa tree between the forest and the sea live two tiny Pohutukawa Babies, Hutu and Kawa.
With the help of Grandpa Kiwi, Hutu and Kawa build a canoe and set off up the river to explore the forest. On their way they make many new friends - and encounter the fearsome Bush Hawk.
During the 1950s children enjoyed the adventures of the Pohutukawa Babies in the New Zealand Herald each week, and Avis Acres' books, with beautiful watercolour illustrations showcasing native flora and wildlife, became bestsellers.
The Adventures of Hutu and Kawa is the first tale in the series. This 60th-anniversary hardback edition captures all the charm of the original tale and brings these delightful characters to a new generation of children.

 About the author:
Avis Acres (1910-1994) was a New Zealand writer and artist whose children's picture books, produced during the 1950s, were hugely successful and distinguished by their beautiful watercolour illustrations depicting the New Zealand native forest and its creatures. Avis was born in Wellington and spent her childhood in Auckland, where her family kept beautiful gardens and Avis first developed her love of nature. From her early teens, she worked in paid employment that made the most of her interest in writing and illustration. Besides the picture books she produced while living in Taupo during the 1950s (the Hutu and Kawa series; another classic NZ picture book, Opo the Gay Dolphin; and a series of children's nature books) she was a regular contributor of articles and sketches about nature to various newspapers and journals and regularly exhibited and sold her paintings. After Taupo, she and her husband Bob lived in Levin and Te Horo. They retired to Tauranga in the 1980s, where Bob died in 1993 and Avis in October 1994. Much of Avis Acres' artwork is now held at the Alexander Turnbull Library and it continues to be appreciated both for its nostalgic charm and the beauty of its natural detail.

20 November 2015
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RRP $25.00

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