Nanny Mihi and the Rainbow

Book Author & Illustrator  Melanie Drewery & Tracy Duncan
Rights Available World excl. ANZ

Nanny Mihi’s mokopuna come to stay during the school holidays. Each day, she sends them out to collect objects of a different colour. They scour the local beach collecting shells, flowers, seaweed and beach detritus left by humans, all the time asking, ‘why?’. By the week’s end they have a collection of coloured items for a beach rainbow.

Tracy Duncan’s revamped artwork and Melanie’s enduring story ensure that once again children’s imaginations will be captured. It is hard to resist Nanny’s charm and patience with her mokopuna, who are keen to race to their outcome but upset to see it so quickly taken away by the sea. Nanny teaches the children patience, creativity, connection to nature, and that sometimes the best things are those things we cannot hold on to. The text includes te Reo throughout, for which translations are provided.

• Bright, new and evocative artwork for this much-loved book
• First published in 2001; the bestselling title in the Nanny Mihi series
• A delightful story about family and nature that will captivate children

About the Author
Melanie Drewery works as a potter and writer from her rural home in Marahau, Nelson, where the beach is close by. She is an established children’s writer with more than 20 titles to her name, including 2018’s Nanny Mihi and the Bellbird.

Tracy Duncan is an author, illustrator and teacher who lives in Upper Moutere, Nelson. She has illustrated all of the previous Nanny Mihi stories.


Oratia Books


230 x 215mm



Picture Book

Publication Date
November 2019

Rights Available:
World excl. ANZ

Rights Agents:


Peter Dowling, Oratia Books

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