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  • Published: 20 October 1982
  • ISBN: 9780140503876
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

The Kuia & The Spider


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Once there was a kuia who made mats and baskets.
In the corner of her kitchen lived a spider who made webs.

Since its publication in 1981, Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa's The Kuia and the Spider has become a New Zealand classic.

  • Pub date: 20 October 1982
  • ISBN: 9780140503876
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace is one of New Zealand’s most prominent and celebrated Maori fiction authors and a figurehead of modern New Zealand literature. She garnered initial acclaim in the 1970s with her collection of short stories entitled Waiariki (1975) — the first published book by a Maori woman in New Zealand. She has published six novels and seven short story collections, as well as a number of books for children and a work of non-fiction. She won the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction for Potiki in 1987, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2001 with Dogside Story, which also won the 2001 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Fiction Prize. Her children’s story The Kuia and the Spider won the New Zealand Picture Book of the Year in 1982.

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