Review of Te Hopu a Maui i a Te Ra / How Maui Slowed the Sun – Peter Gossage, translated by Merimeri Penfold

Posted: February 23, 2021 in children, mythology, picture book, Review
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He poto rawa nga ra, he roa rawa nga po. Oti ana i a Maui he whakaaro e ata rere ai te ra i te rangi.
He putanga reo Maori–reo Pakeha o tenei tino pakiwaitara o Aotearoa.

Faced with very short days and very long nights, Maui comes up with a plan to slow the Sun’s passage through the sky.
Peter Gossage’s much-loved retelling of this famous Maori myth has captivated young children for generations.

Te Hopu a Maui i a Te Ra / How Maui Slowed the Sun

Peter Gossage, translated by Merimeri Penfold

Picture Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

This is the re-telling of a Maori myth about how Maui made the Sun slow down its journey across the sky.

The Sun began to move too fast through the sky, making the days too short to get things done.  Maui came up with a clever plan to lengthen the days but needed his brothers to help him carry it out.

The illustrations are very detailed and lifelike, well-drawn and very comprehensive in explaining the story.  The English and Maori language paragraphs are clearly defined and the text is easily read.  The colours suit the story on each page.

This is a bilingual Maori-English story.

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