Little Hector meets Mini Māui
Little Hector dolphin is off to visit his cousin. He is not looking forward to it. Used to being smallest Hector feels superior when he meets his smaller cousin. They go off to play but Hector is bossy and a bit mean until Mini Māui has had enough. Hector and Mini need to work out how to play together.
This story is about friendship and navigating through differences, jealousy and challenges to find a place of cooperation and acceptance. Dolphins are appealing and known for their playfulness so are an apt and relatable subject for this book.
While this story is a delightful read on its own, or shared with a class, it could also be used to support children struggling with friendships or socialisation. The illustrations with their bold colouring and skilful portrayal of movement enhance the text delightfully. The text is peppered with bold words often highlighting verbs, adjectives or speech. It also features additional author and dolphin facts on the end pages.
I recommend this book for preschool and primary readers.
Title: Little Hector meets Mini Māui
Author & Illustrator: Ruth Paul
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication: 29 September 2020
Reviewer: Elaine Wills, Library manager, Enner Glynn School, Nelson
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommend
What’s the book’s opening sentence? Little Hector’s family was going on a holiday.
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