Maui and the Sun (SE)

Maui and the Sun (SE)
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Maui and the Sun is a traditional legend from the Maori people of New Zealand. It explains how Maui and his brothers slow the sun’s journey across the sky to make the days longer for eating, fishing, and hunting. Features of the Book – The use of paragraphs to break the text. – The use of direct speech. – The personification of the sun. – The possessive apostrophes – “Maui’s” and “sun’s”. – The distinctive narrative pattern of the story line that allows exploration of characters, plot, and setting. – The frequent use of the contractive apostrophe – “can’t”, “don’t”, and “we’ll”. – The word endings – “ed”, “ness”, and “ly”. – The additional information and map on the inside back cover. -The stylised illustrations. Purpose Maui and the Sun can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies: – identifying the plot and characters within the story; – recognising the features of different genres; – recognising and reading a range of different word patterns, including word endings; – writing using a variety of sentence patterns.

Themes covered in this book are: Maths

Reading Level:21-22 (Gold)

AuthorJune Melser

SeriesLM Literacy

Year Level2


Guided Reading Level22

GenreFolk tale/Traditional


Strategy/SkillsGrammar and conventions | Text structure | vocabulary and word

Page Count12

Word Count379


Dimensions165 x 145