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Kuwi the Kiwi Books

Brief history of Kuwi the Kiwi from Kat Merewether:

I first came up with the idea behind Kuwi’s First Egg when I was surviving through the perils of life with a newborn. I felt a little like we were learning to be parents through trial and error! I made mistakes, had to ask for help, and learned so much. Kuwi is me, and any parent who feels a little like they were thrown in the deep end when they became a parent.

I had 2 year old Willow and was pregnant with my third daughter Florence, when I actually put pen to paper to write and storyboard the book. I had been reading very basic and un-stimulating books to Willow, aimed at her age group. I wanted to write something I could read to a child of that age, that they would enjoy as much as the parent reading it.

In my research, I discovered that the male kiwi typically cares for the kiwi egg. I thought that was quite interesting, and so the character Kuwi, being female, turns that idea on its head. She is a confused first-time mother Kiwi, who has found herself alone with her new egg. The kiwi population is so fragile, I imagine kiwi often lose their partners to predators. And what would happen if a pregnant kiwi lost her mate?

I added very basic Te Reo Māori words into the story, to introduce children to a little Te Reo at a young age. The story is simply written to suit the 1-5 year age group, but it has a broader appeal due to it’s sense of humour and subtle iconic New Zealand feel.


Kuwi the Kiwi Books
Kiwicorn - Kat Merewether

Who is whimsical, witty and wonderfully weird? Kiwicorn! A ridiculously cute and funny story about b..

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Kuwi's First Egg - Kat Merewether

NEW ZEALAND NUMBER 1 BEST-SELLER Kuwi is a young and confused kiwi who has found herself alone with ..

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Kuwi's Kitchen - Kiwi Kids Cookbook

From #1 Best selling and award-winning author and illustrator of the Kuwi the Kiwi™ series, Kat Mere..

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Kuwi's Very Shiny Bum - Kat Merewether

With the soft jingle of bells, a mysterious gift falls from the sky. Kuwi knows just what to do and ..

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Sleepy Kiwi - Kat Merewether

Science shows that baby's eyes are drawn to strong contrasting colours. This black and white book wi..

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