The Science Book explores the history of science, how scientists have sought to explain our incredible universe and how amazing scientific discoveries have been made. With this book, you’ll discover how Galileo worked out his scientific theories of motion and inertia, why Copernicus’s ideas were contentious and what the discovery of DNA meant. All of […]
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.
NZ’s pre-eminent landscape photographer Craig Potton has selected 91 images from journeys around (and over) the islands and combined them into New Zealand North and South, capturing the essence of New Zealand’s natural and cultural landscape.
Build Your Own Cable Car Book by Delphine Hirasuna For anyone who’s dreamed of hopping aboard a little cable car that strives for the sky, this is just the ticket. This Build Your Own Cable Car book, includes two punch-out cable car models. One model is fully illustrated and the other is prime for coloring in!The book […]
Condensed from Andrew Crowe’s popular Which New Zealand Bird?, this mini guide has been designed to fit into a pocket, day pack or bag. Full of essential information for quick and accurate identification of land birds, this classic mini guide is appealing and easy to use.
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.
Wellington Telling Tales by Chris Maclean Wellington Telling Tales vividly brings to life the colourful past of Wellington city. You can either read as a whole or simply dip into it. Chris Maclean presents the city’s history in a series of fascinating historical descriptions, each marking a year of the 20th century. Each story in […]
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.