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Spirit of the Bird

Spirit of the bird cover.
SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

by Ben Brown

illustrations by Tom Simpson

The bird of the title is the moa, and this fictional story is set in the time of the early Māori moa hunters. Little is known of this era, but the author conveys (often indirectly) the hardships of a subsistence lifestyle and the impact of human settlement on the moa.

Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

Learning area: English

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 6

Category: Fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: cave drawings, conservation, dreaming, environment, extinction, first people, Māori, moa, moa hunters, subsistence, tīpuna

In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

Publication date: August 2015

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