Author(s): Sharon Holt
This children's picture book is in te reo Maori. It includes a song CD. No prior knowledge of te reo Maori is required by the children or adults using the book. The story/song is about insects. Each Te Reo Singalong book features an easy-to-learn sentence structure in te reo. This book features the sentence structure "He aha tenei?" which means "What is this?" By putting on the song CD and opening the book, the reader can join in with the song and follow the actions and sounds as they enjoy the book. The back of the book contains an insect glossary, English translation, guitar chords and a list of extension ideas for parents and teachers. The book is number 7 in an award winning series called Te Reo Singalong, which won at the Maori Language Awards in November 2013. He aha tenei? (What is this?) is about children discovering insects. The catchy tune, gorgeous illustrations and repetitive sentence structures make learning te reo easy and fun for children and adults. This book is part of the award winning series of Te Reo Singalong books. Each book contains a singalong CD, English translation, glossary, guitar chords and list of 10 activity ideas.
These books have been voted the best te reo resources by judges and teachers. Find out for yourself, by opening the book, putting on the CD and joining in the fun. Many teachers say these books are requested by their children every day!
Sue Nelson: "Yesterday I was able to remind our tamariki about caring for our natural resources using the "Me tiaki, he taonga" phrase from He aha tenei? As I was talking about using gentle hands with the camellia flowers one of my colleagues started singing "Titiro mai, he aha tenei? straight from the book.Then one child found a slug and we reinforced "Me tiaki, he taonga" There is so much interest in these natural resources in our environment and the tamariki can now identify the taonga in English and te reo."
Author Sharon Holt worked as a teacher and journalist before remembering her childhood dream of becoming a published children's author. Since the age of 40, she has had about 35 books, stories, poems and plays published. One of her books was a finalist in the NZ Post Children's Book Awards in 2007. Since 2012, she has worked full time writing, publishing, marketing and selling her award winning Te Reo Singalong series which make it fun for teachers and children to use te reo Maori sentences with ease.
Contains full colour pages, singalong CD, repetitive sentence structure in te reo, English translation, guitar chords, glossary and list of extension activity ideas.