The Whale Rider
Eight-year-old Kahu, a member of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny. Her people claim descent from Kahutia Te Rangi, the legendary "whale rider." In every generation since Kahutia, a male heir has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir, and the aging chief is desperate to find a successor...more
The audiobook narration by Kiwi Jay Laga’aia was well done. There is music throughout the recording, but it is the same snippet repeated over and over again. When...more
This is a heartwarming story of a detrmined little girl and her quest to find her w...more
I am wi...more
I saw the movie...more
The author states in the front that he wrote it for two inspiring events, and that makes the shape of the book very different. You know he wrote it to make a heroine and to be a gift for his little girls. I liked it before reading it for that reason.
Ihimaera switches between narration...more
I was taken aback by the prologue because of the words and how the writer starts from the beginning when the relationship between whales and man was good and when the Whale Rider was securing the future of this relationship.
I loved three things about this book: the characters- Kahu and Tawiri, the whales and also the story given that there's a prophecy and that the Maori believe in it.
Kahu is determined and eve...more
I would like to wonder out loud though as to the general designation of this book as children...more
Reading level: medium
Genre: whales, Maori, myths, mythology, fantasy, New Zealand
Witi Ihimaera, the author of what has become a classic, was the first Maori writer to publish a novel in New Zealand. In 2003 it was turned into a movie.
In ancient times there was a whale rider called Kahutia Te Rangi, but ever since the whale rider turned away from the sea to join those on land, the whales have been seeking a new rider. Kahu, the great gandchild of a tribal elder seems to have...more
The illustrations are so detailed, right down to the lines of a moko, almost photographic. The wrinkles are so lifelike!
I have never known a picture book to have parts. This story is broken up into four parts. This is probably beneficial for smaller children as there are quite a lot of words on the pages. I wonder how often this happens in picture books...more
I can't imagine very many children enjoying this story. Ihimaera's prose is ripe and overflowing with lyricism that seems like it would be a bit above most children- "The mountains were like a stairway to heaven, and the lush green rainforest was a rippling cloak of many colors....more
Even though there's no "mature" content, I think the themes and complexity make this a book for middle and high school, not for sixth grade lit groups. I'll keep a copy in my library, but probably not teach it....
So, the parts about the mythology and the internal...more
HOWEVER, I don't know why I didn't trust in my usual instinct of books ALWAYS trumping their...more
“La Balena e la Bambina” è una piccola ma splendida fiaba Maori in cui mi sono imbattuta per puro caso la scorsa settimana mentre curiosavo tra gli scaffali della bibloteca locale. Non avevo nemmeno mai sentito parlare del ben più celebre film che ne è stato tratto nel 2002 e che ha riscosso notevole successo al botteghino: vincitore del Toronto International Film Festival e del più noto Sundance Film Festival, ha fruttato alla sua interprete principale, la giovanissima Keisha Castle-H...more
The narrator of the story is Kahu’s uncle so it shows his point of view for everything and I really liked that. I enjoyed his voice as I found him to be really enthralling and it just made the story that much more interesting.
I felt that time se...more
Kahu was born into a world that did not want a female chief. Her great-grandfather, the current chief, like all the others in her tribe, ignores her, despite obvious signs of her chief-ish qualities.
From page 64: He (Kingi) used to tell me that his favorite image of Australia was of Joan Sutherland singing "Advance Australia Fair," a can of Foster's in one hand, and surfing into Sydney Harbor like "an antipodean Statue of Liberty."
Kahu's grandfather: "Our Koro was like an old wh...more
By Witi Ihimaera
This book fits the catogory 'written by a New Zealander' on my bingo board
I enjoyed this book because it tells a traditional Maori legand about Paikea and his arrival in NZ. It explain how this man arrived here and 'set up' for his tribe to come. The story then goes into depth about how Kahu the great great great great great grandaughter of Paikea must become the leader of there tribe. My favorite part of the book is where Kahu rides the Legandary Bull Whale out...more
Ihimaera in New Zealand and is of Māori descent and Anglo-Saxon descent through his father, Tom. He attended Church College of New Zealand in Temple View, Hamilton, New Zealand. He was the first Māori writer to publish both a novel and a b...more