He Huarākau


This book looks at the Māori words for many fruit commonly eaten in New Zealand. The beautiful illustrations give an insight into the many places where fruit can be found and bought – including a community kai shed at the side of the road.

Children in the story ask and answer which fruit they like best, and there’s a surprise favourite at the end!

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He Huarākau includes:

  • Repetitive sentence structure: “He aha te huarākau tino pai ki a koe?” (What fruit do you really like?)
  • Vocabulary for fruit
  • Singalong CD which turns the book into a catchy song
  • English translation
  • List of activity ideas to make this much more than a fun book to do on the mat!
  • Picture glossary
  • Guitar chords

Curriculum Links for He Huarākau:
The sharing of kai is an important aspect of Māori culture.
Learning Intention: Keeping ourselves healthy.
Te Whāriki: Links to Strand 1, goal 1: children experience an environment where their health is promoted.
Te Aho Arataki Marau: Links to 2.3: communicate about likes and dislikes.

Author – Sharon Holt

Illustrator – Stephanie Jane Thatcher

Sharon Holt Meet Kiwi author Sharon Holt

Sharon Holt is a children’s author and creator of books and resources in te reo Māori.

Several of her books have won or been shortlisted for awards, and her Te Reo Singalong series won its category in both Ngā Tohu Reo Māori / Māori Language Awards in 2013 and the CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards in 2015.

Find out more about Sharon and the Te Reo Singalong series on Sharon’s author page.


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