This book tells the purakau (story) of how the eel got its silver belly. I would recommend this for use in any year 9-10 reading program especially for a unit looking at myths and legends as this specifically links to how Māori made understanding of the world around them. The sentence structures are complex.
It would also work well for any student researching whakapa ngā ika (geneology of fish).
Title: Tuna rāua ko Hiriwa
Author: Ripeka Takotowai Goodard
Illustrator: Kimberly Andrews
Publisher: Huia Publishers
ISBN: 978 1 77550 226 5
Date of Publication: 2016
Ages: right up to year 9-10 te reo reading program students
Reviewer’s name, job title, school name & region: Leon Dunn, Head of Māori, Southland Boys’ High School
How highly are you recommending this book? Highly recommended