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Where's Toki?

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by André Ngāpō

illustrations by Phillip Paea

Cousins Hoani, Leilani, and Mitch are searching for their dog, Toki. When they realise he is trapped in a cave, they think about going in to rescue him. However, the potential danger and the possibility that the cave might be tapu stops them. Hoani, the narrator, shows particular sensitivity towards, and respect for, tikanga Māori. The story includes a retelling of a traditional story about Ruakuri Cave at Waitomo (Tainui/Ngāti Maniapoto). “Where’s Toki?” has a happy ending, with Toki escaping the cave from another exit and bounding back to rejoin the delighted children.

Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

Learning area: English

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 4

Category: Fiction

Related titles: “Kurī” SJ L2 Oct 2015 | “Harwoods Hole” SJ L2 May 2019 | “Lost in the Bush” SJ L2 Nov 2016 | “Tū” SJ L2 Aug 2015 | “Rātā me te Rākau” JJ 57 | “Heartbeat” SJ L3 June 2012 |

Topics: bush, caves, courage, danger, dogs, lost, loyalty, pets, responsibility, Ruakuri, Tāne-mahuta, tapu, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, traditional stories, whānau

In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

Publication date: May 2019

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