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by Maria Samuela

illustrations by Leilani Isara

Maria Samuela’s affecting story chronicles the week leading up to the narrator’s mother’s funeral, with all its sadness and confusion and overwhelming sense of loss. The story’s one light is the presence of the narrator’s extended family – and the sense that her many aunties will continue to be there in the future, providing the kind of support and love that usually comes from a mother. The text includes references to a girl’s first period.

Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

Learning area: Health and Physical Education

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 7

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: aunty, change, changing body, Cook Island, culture, death, family, funeral, grief, loss, menstruation, Pacific, period, puberty, Ngutu‘are tangata, resilience, support, wellbeing, whānau

In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

Publication date: November 2020

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