How Maui Slowed the Sun
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.
Peter Gossage’s superbly retold stories of Maui are now New Zealand classics. The legends surrounding Maui are told in their many forms all over New Zealand and even across the Pacific. Find more of his stories in Wellington Museum and at Space Place.
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.