Whanau is a Maori word and concept. It embraces the extended family, outward, back and forward and is elastic. So, I embrace Paula Leyden and congratulate her on her achievement in winning the Children’s Book Ireland award for the 2012 Children’s Book of the Year. She is indeed a worthy winner. The book is filled with entertainment and wisdom, an essential homily without polemics, a story that opens windows between cultures. Above all else, it is a joy to read. Well done, that girl!