In Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures, children meet Jean Batten: the brave, trail-blazing and glamorous aviator, who strove to set new records in death-defying solo flights across the world.
A kiwi classic and one of Margaret Mahy’s best-loved creations, this is a tale about the nature of stories and imagination and where the line between them and reality can blur, especially in the mind of a child.
This story by Peter Gossage retells the legend of everyone’s favourite, mischievous demi god Maui and his visit to his grandmother.
Maui the trickster wants to know what will happen if he puts out all the fires in his pa. When the people wake they are furious, so Maui must visit Mahuika, the goddess of fire.
“Mahuika raised her gnarled hands. At the tip of each finger burned a flame. She plucked one from her thumb and gave it to Maui.”
Author: Peter Gossage
Illustrator: Peter Gossage
Suggested level: 5-9 years old
This product is also available for purchase in store at Wellington Museum.
How Maui Slowed the Sun is a story by Peter Gossage that retells the legend of how Maui tamed the sun to help the people of his village.
“Every day we have to rush to do our chores and gather our food before the sun sets. Why should we be slaves to the sun? I will catch the sun before it rises, and teach it to travel slowly across the sky!”
Faced with days that are too short and nights that are too long Maui comes up with a plan to slow the sun’s passage through the sky. With the help of his brothers, Maui sets out for the home of the sun to catch it and make it move more slowly.
Author/Illustrator: Peter Gossage
First Published 2011
Recommended for ages 5 to 9.
This product is also available for purchase in store at Wellington Museum and Space Place.