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Tu Meke Tuatara! (Hardback)


Tu Meke Tuatara! is a children’s book written by Malcolm Clarke, illustrated by Flox (Hayley King) and designed and published by Little Love.

Format: Hardback
Publication Date: 02/11/2020
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Suitable for children aged 2-7.

Tahi the Tuatara is down in the dumps and no matter what his friend, Roger the Ruru tries, nothing seems to change his mood. It's not until they answer a cry for help that their journey takes an unexpected turn. Tu Meke Tuatara! is a story about empathy, friendship and discovering that sometimes the best way we can feel better about ourselves, is to help someone else.

Tumeke is a New Zealand Māori word which means to startle or take fright. In recent years, tu meke (as two words) has developed as a colloquial phrase meaning ‘too much’ and is used to express excitement or being shaken up.