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Ship's Captain

Ship's captain cover

by Fraser Smith

illustrated by Daron Parton

"Ship's Captain" is the story of two boys learning how to live off the land and sea. Nan is a larger-than-life character, steeped in knowledge of bush lore and rongoā (Māori medicine). Pop is a gentle background force, who teaches the boys how to build a whare raupō. The lessons the writer learns go beyond bush lore; the story explores the value of knowledge that is passed down through generations, the pleasures of living simply, and the importance of being "the captain of your own ship".

Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 6

Category: Fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: bushcra, camping, childhood, culture, family, grandparents, holidays, identity, kaimoana, knowledge, life skills, Māori, managing self, memoir, memories, rongoā, whānau

In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

Publication date: June 2018

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