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Party time with Hutu and Kawa

Party time with Hutu and Kawa

The Hutu and Kawa picture books, written and illustrated by Avis Acres, were popular in the 1950s. A strong ecological message underpinned the series. It starred two 'pōhutukawa fairies' who Acres first created for a comic strip that was published in the children's pages of the New Zealand Herald. The picture books were published by A. H. & A. W. Reed. This charming scene is from Hutu and Kawa meet Tuatara, which was first published in 1956 and republished in 1990. 

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Reed Publishing, New Zealand
Reference: Avis Acres, Hutu and Kawa meet Tuatara. Wellington: Heinemann Reed, 1990

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Children’s and young adult literature - Fairies, families and adventures, 1900s–1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

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