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Tales of Aotearoa: How Maui slowed the sun

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Tales of Aotearoa: How Maui slowed the sun – retold by Donovan Bixley

Donovan Bixley re-tells the story of how Maui slowed the journey of the sun through the sky each day!

The traditional tale but with Donovan’s unique twist and trademark humour. The pictures are bright and bring their own level of humour to the book.

Dr Darryn Joseph ensures that the story is accurate and culturally appropriate and translates, along with Keri Opai, the story for the Te Reo edition. 

Format: This book is a Paper back.

Language: This book is written in English with some Māori words and phrases included.

The reo Māori version is available here: Pūrākau o Aotearoa: Te whakatautōnga a Māui i te Rā

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About the Author/Illustrator:

Donovan Bixley is an author and illustrator who lives with his family in Taupō New Zealand. He has created or co-created over 120 books, published in numerous countries and languages.

Donovan Bixley has a great range of books available. Some included are this series of board books especially for babies. There are 8 in this collection:

My First board book A day at the beach

My First board book A day at the zoo

My First board book Animals

My First board book Colours 

My First board book My Body

My First board book Shapes

My First board book Things that go

My First board book Under the sea


There are 3 books in this series Pūrakau o Aotearoa for slightly older children. These are available in both te reo and English:

Pūrākau o Aotearoa: Te hinga ake a Māui i te ika whenua

Tales of Aotearoa: How Māui fished up the North Island

Pūrākau o Aotearoa: Te whakatautōnga a Māui i te Rā

Tales of Aotearoa: How Māui  slowed the sun

Pūrākau o Aotearoa: Māui me te ahi a Mahuika

Tales of Aotearoa: Māui and the secret of fire


Three other titles available at Poi Princess with Donovans signature illustrations are:

Ngā wira o te pahi (The wheels on the bus)

Te pamu o Koro Meketanara (Old MacDonald)



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