We want to help create motivated and engaged young readers. This blog is about children's and YA literature (especially New Zealand), literacy research, and ways to get, and keep, kids reading.
If you haven’t already met Pukanui and followed his adventures it is time to become acquainted with this appealing Māori character. James Waerea first published this title in 1976 and it has definitely stood the test of time. His sons James and Mitch have modified this edition but the illustrations and overall format is very similar and it remains extremely accessible for young readers. The storyline is universal. Pukunui, like all boys wants to be part of the adult team. In this case he wants to be a fisherman. The problem is he tackles the trip alone!
With an illustration of a pre European pa site, pages numbered in Māori, a simple glossary of terms and the music for a song to sing in either English or Māori, this little book covers many classroom topics. You can also visit Pukunui’s web site and enjoy a range of related activities.
review by Barbara
0800 LIB LINE
0800 542 5463
Get help from our advisers using this free phone line