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Washday at the Pa
Ans Westra
School Publications Branch of the Department of Education 1964. First edition. 32 pages. b/w photos throughout. A Near fine copy with minor wear to cover. Internally pristine.

The controversial book which was ordered to be destroyed after publication. A number of copies survived. This is one of them

From Wikipedia:
Washday at the Pa is a 1964 illustrated "children's book by Ans Westra that describes a day in the lives of a rural Maori family.

The book was originally published by the then School Publications Branch of the Department of Education, and printed by the Government Printer, but all 38,000 copies were withdrawn[1] following a campaign by the Maori Women's Welfare League that it would have a 'detrimental effect' on Maori people - and that the living conditions portrayed within the book were atypical. The subsequent August 1964 order by the Minister of Education caused a controversy[2] and all copies in schools were recalled and shredded, as were all unsold copies in the Government Bookshops chain." Please read the questions and answers for this listing.
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