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  • Star-gazing.

    Star-gazing

    by Maria Samuela, illustrations by Rebecca ter Borg

    “Star-gazing” is a fantasy while also being based, in part, on a traditional story from Mangaia, the second largest island in the Cook Islands. The “no place like home” lesson is spiced up with sassy dialogue and combative personalities, deepening its contemporary feel and appeal.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: adventure, belonging, Cook Islands, dreams, emotions, family, Matariki, navigation, Pacific, planet, science, solar system, solitude, space, stars, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Iris and Dogstar.

    Iris and Dogstar

    by Iris Marshall

    This article is based on the diary of Iris Marshall, a ten-year-old girl who sailed on the yacht Dog Star with her parents and a family friend from New Zealand to Nouméa. The text details the highs and lows of the journey from Iris’s perspective and includes some excerpts from the on-board logbook. While few students will have had the experience of sailing, many will have experienced sea sickness, and most will relate to and be interested in the day-to-day details of life at sea. The text could be used as a starting point to explore the nature of adventure, its perils, and its rewards.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Texts related by theme “Boy on a Bike” SJ L3 May 2015 | “Journey on the Sea” SJ L3 August 2018 | “Border Control” “Captain Cook: Charting Our Islands” SJ L4 May 2016 | “What Is Biosecurity?” Border Security, Connected L3 2011

    Topics: adventure, co-ordinates, danger, diaries, family, GPS, journeys, logs, navigation, Pacific Ocean, recount, sailing, sea, travel, weather, yachts

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Aunties

    Aunties

    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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  • Stealing Maru.

    Stealing Maru

    by Maria Samuela; illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Long ago, when the world still believed in magic, there was a majestic maunga, or mountain, on the island of Rarotonga. The maunga was called Maru, which means shade. The maunga stood over the village of Puaikura like a giant guardian.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: Aitutaki, Arorangi, bravery, cleverness, Cook Islands, jealousy, legend, Maru, maunga, Maunga Pu, mountains, myth, Pacific, Pasifika, Puaikura, Raemaru, Rarotonga, traditional stories, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Treasure island.

    Treasure Island

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Ali Teo

    This is a humorous narrative about a pirate and his crew searching for treasure, but there is a surprise in store.

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2007

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  • Mariri the Flying Man.

    Mariri the Flying Man

    retold by Maria Samuela

    When Mariri, a great explorer, realises his homeland of ‘Avaiki has become overcrowded, he and his warriors set off to find a new home for their people. This traditional tale, featuring rich literary language, describes their discovery of an island (now called Atiu) and Mariri’s subsequent, extraordinary plan for getting back to ‘Avaiki to bring his wife to the island.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Atiu, ʻAvaiki, Cook Islands, courage, cultural heritage, ingenuity, Enuamanu, exploration, flight, flying, legend, Mariri, navigation, Pacific, potipoti, rakoa bird, traditional story, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Night is a blanket.

    A Quiet Evening (from Night is a Blanket)

    by Johnny Frisbie

    illustrations by Judith Künzlé

    This personal report describes a peaceful evening on a Pacific island beach. This story has been adapted (in consultation with the author) from a version that was published in the Tupu series in 1990.

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • Wooden instrument.

    South Pacific Beats

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    Wellington designer Rachael Hall has developed a modern version of the traditional Tongan lali. Called Patō, Rachael’s drum keeps the traditional sound of a lali but incorporates digital capabilities. Her hope is that Patō will allow musicians to mix traditional Pacific sounds with modern music.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Physical world, Technological knowledge

    In: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Tupaia: Master Navigator.

    Tupaia: Master Navigator

    by Hanahiva Rose

    The story of Tupaia, a navigator and high priest from the island of Rā‘iātea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: art, change, colonisation, communication, diplomacy, discovery, Endeavour, exploration, Gisborne, history, interpreting, James Cook, Joseph Banks, journeys, language, Māori, migration, misunderstanding, navigation, New Zealand history, Pacific, Polynesia, Rā‘iātea, science, Tahiti, Taiato, Taputapuātea, Te Hā, te reo Māori, Tolaga Bay, transit of Venus, translation, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Ūawa, unknown southern continent

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • The safe place

    The Safe Place

    by Sue Mooar

    pictures by Clare Bowes

    This story, set on a Pacific island, tells of a hen’s search for a safe place to hatch her chicks. The strong narrative structure can be used as a model for writing, and the repetitive aspect of the text provides support for the reader.

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

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    Publication date: January 1999

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