E Kō, E Kō - Morning Chorus (from Night is a Blanket)
by Hirini Melbourne
illustration by Peter Campbell
This Māori song, with an English translation, encourages children to make connections to their experiences of hearing bird songs as the new day arrives. This poem is best used for shared reading. The birds illustrated around the poem are, anticlockwise from top left, grey warbler, stitchbird, tūì, saddleback, bellbird, and whitehead.