Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
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A Place to Sleep
by Andrea Foot
illustrated by Fifi Colston
Puffin, the farm cat, is looking for a warm, quiet place to sleep. It’s too noisy inside, but he can’t seem to find a suitable place outside either. After facing challenges from various animals, including a dramatic encounter with some cows, Puffin finally manages to find just the right place.
by Eleanor Hughes
illustrated by Jez Tuya
In this narrative, Tim needs to make a green costume to wear to a party. He and his family think of and reject a series of ideas until at last Tim comes up with an idea for the perfect costume.
This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on iTunes and GooglePlay.
The Gardener’s Maze
by Dot Meharry
illustrated by Ali Teo
In this humorous narrative, the gardener designs and builds a maze in his garden with help from a friendly hedgehog! This text is a companion text to The Gardener and the Scarecrow (Blue).
The Way It Was
by Dot Meharry
illustrated by Spike Wademan
In this story, a young girl compares her life with that of her great-grandmother. The illustrations are based on the period 1910–1920, but be aware that the dates of birth of your children’s great-grandparents will vary.
by Dawn McMillan
illustrated by Kat Chadwick
In this narrative, Grandma has knitted a blue hat for Dad. Blue is Dad’s favourite colour, and he wears the hat everywhere until one day it gets wet and he shrinks it in the drier. Dad tries wearing some of his other hats, but they just don’t seem right. Tom feels sorry for Dad and comes up with an idea to solve Dad’s problem.
The Little Red Hen
retold by Kylie Parry
illustrated by Giselle Clarkson
Engaging features in this story include the humour, the fantasy context (the animals behaving like humans), strong characterisation, a series of repeated events, literary language, and a clear underlying message.
by Tricia Glensor
illustrated by Andrew Burdan
Where’s Nibbles? describes another adventure in the life of this guinea pig from Tawa School. In this story, Nibbles gets out of her cage and the children can’t find her anywhere. They become even more worried when they see the cat from next door.
Whai (String Games)
by Kiwa Hammond
illustrated by Adele Jackson
In this heart-warming story, Mahi teaches Hani how to make shapes with a piece of string. Hani struggles at first, but with Mahi’s patient teaching and his perseverance, he is eventually successful. This story gives an insight into a traditional game common to many cultures and demonstrates the concept of tuakana–teina (an older sibling or cousin helping a younger one).
The New Lambs
Written by Hannah Davison
Illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt
When Jake and Emily find two abandoned lambs on their farm, they take them home to care for them. Emily’s lamb quickly starts drinking the warm milk, but Jake’s lamb does not…
Greedy Cat and the Vet
by Joy Cowley
illustrated by Robyn Belton
It’s time for Greedy Cat to go to the vet for his check-up and flu injection, but he’s not happy about it and he makes his feelings known!