Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Chapter Book

Scoop and Scribe: Search for Seven Stars of Matariki by Tommy Kapai Wilson
RRP $18.99

It was a slow morning at the Panui Press, the little local newspaper where Scoop and Scribe worked. Life was usually pretty laid-back as far as these two young reporters were concerned.

This particular morning was no different as they sat in the newsroom waiting for a story, any old story, to walk through the front door.

"I guess it's another 'yawn bowls' front-page headline again, eh bro?" moaned Scoop.

"I wish there was an exciting story."

Of course, you should always be careful what you wish for. Minutes later an old Maori man walked in through the smoky glass doors of Panui Press and requested that Scribe and Scoop go in search of the Matariki stars that have been stolen. Scoop and Scribe travel to Northland, Tauranga, Rotorua, Napier, Whanganui to the Southern Alps then Queenstown, saving the seven stars on their journey.

Written for the 7-9 year old reader, the book has short chapters, coloured illustrations and an exciting storyline. It is a modern take on an old legend with Maori words interwoven throughout the story. An excellent book for young chapter readers and a resource to have in the classroom for your Maori Myths and Legends Reading programme.

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