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Stories about many things, 1833

Stories about many things, 1833

Stories about many things, founded on facts was published anonymously in London in 1833, and is considered to be the first children's book about New Zealand. It is divided into four chapters: 'Dogs', 'New Zealand', 'Ants' and 'The walk'. The 'esqimaux' scene printed as the frontispiece relates to the first chapter.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Stories about many things founded on facts, London: Harvey and Darton, 1833 (B-K-1058-FRONTISPIECE)

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Children’s and young adult literature - The 19th century: Māori, settlers and adventures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 May 2023)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Aug 2016