The Singing Dolphin is written in the style of a traditional Māori legend and tells the tale of three brothers.The youngest brother, Pōtiki, wants to go along on his brothers' hunting expeditions but they always tell him, ‘no, you’re too little.’ We follow a pattern of him not being included until Pōtiki breaks it by stowing away in the canoe his brothers are taking fishing.The ending is not happy but the sadness is acceptable as Pōtiki's life continues on a different path.
I enjoyed reading this book as the lyrical words captivated the listening Year 4 class. Each double-page picture has the story printed in te Reo and in English, making it accessible to all levels of te Reo speakers and readers.
The glossary sparked much interest among the students, as did the link to a real life story of a dolphin that lived and played in The Pathway of Whales at Māhia for many years.
This is a beautifully illustrated book that incorporates colourful pictures of our native birds and other wildlife with Māori designs, while also showing traditional Māori hunting techniques and life style.I am confident that it will be a treasured addition to our school library.
Title: The Singing Dolphin | Te Aihe I Waiata
Author(s): Mere Whaanga
Illustrator: Mere Whaanga
Date of Publication: February 2017
Reviewer: Kirsten Puddick
School: Holy Cross School