Grandpa’s Siapo

Grandpa and Luka share the same birthday and today they get to celebrate it with the whole ‘āiga.

Grandpa is also a storyteller and surprises his grandchildren with a Samoan Siapo that tells a very special story about Sāmoa’s journey to independence.

Written by Dahlia Malaeulu and illustrated by Darcy Solia

$28.00 incl. GST

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Grandpa’s Siapo is the only picture story book in the world that introduces readers to historical events in Sāmoa and key Samoan figures who helped Sāmoa to become the first Pacific island nation to gain independence in 1962. This story develops cultural understandings and knowledge around colonisation as well as New Zealand’s historical ties with Sāmoa in a safe and accessible way. The book also received the blessing from Fialaui‘afualeafi Tamasese – daughter of Sāmoa’s first Co-Head of State, Tupua Tamasese Mea‘ole, and the oldest grandchild of Ta‘isi Olaf Frederick Nelson.

Meet the Kiwi creator

Dahlia MalaeuluDahlia Malaeulu is a Samoan New Zealander with connections to the villages of Sinamoga and Vaivase tai in Samoa. She is an award-winning author, publisher and creator of Mila’s Books – Pasifika children’s books that help tamaiti to be seen, heard and valued as Pasifika. In May 2019, she released the first books in her Mila’s My Gagana Series for preschoolers and junior primary aged children. She created the series with the goals of providing accessible books that support tamaiti, fanau and faiā’oga in the development of basic Samoan language within the home, schools and communities.

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Dimensions23 × 17 cm

Softcover edition



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Mila's Books


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