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My Kiwi Gumboots

From the creators of Kia Ora, You Can Be A Kiwi Too, comes delightful new picture book and CD My Kiwi Gumboots By June Pittman-Hayes and Illustrated by Minky Stapleton

Whether it’s jumping in puddles or helping out on the farm, my Kiwi gumboots are the best!

Popular creative duo June and Minky are back, this time with a catchy little number about something every Kiwi will identify with –gumboots! Children often become obsessed with a new pair of footwear, and this child is no exception. From a day on the farmto a trip into town, back home to the bath … and even bed … her Kiwi gumboots are right there!


This playful song, in both English and Māori, features such Kiwi icons as Red Band gumboots, Marmite and cheddar cheese. Children will soon be singing along!

About the author and illustrator:
June Pitman-Hayesis a creative writer, singer-songwriter, lyricist and poet. Raised largely by her maternal Māori grandmother in the tiny settlement of Tamaterau in the Whangarei Heads area, June is one of Aotearoa’s best-known jazz singers, having performed at many events and festivals throughout the country.

In addition to her own books, Tawhirimatea and Kia Ora, You Can Be a Kiwi Too, June recently recorded the music to Joy Cowley’s Hush: A Kiwi Lullabyas well. She currently lives and works in Kerikeri, Northland.

Minky Stapletonis a multi-faceted illustrator with a range of styles. Originally from South Africa, she now resides with her husband and two sons in Auckland, NZ, where she balances a number of illustration projects with running classes for kids on how to design scary monsters.

Minky has illustrated the highly acclaimed Kia Ora, You Can Be a Kiwi Too, the perfect match for a book about immigrants to New Zealand, as well as the recently published Things in the Sea Are Touching Me!

Published by Scholastic NZ, 1 September 2019, RRP $19.99, Paperback+CD

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