Maranga Mai!

Get Up!

This is the first book in the Te Reo Singalong series – and still one of the favourites with younger children.

They love joining in with the real animal noises on the song. Children also love the large illustrations of the farm animals.

Some little ones have even been known to insist on sleeping with this book!

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Maranga Mai! includes:

  • Repetitive sentence structure: “He aha te tangi a te ….?” (what is the sound of the …?
  • Vocabulary for farm animals
  • English translation
  • List of activity ideas to make this much more than a fun book to do on the mat!
  • Picture glossary
  • Guitar chords
  • Singalong CD which turns the book into a catchy song

Curriculum Links for Maranga Mai!
Tikanga: We have a responsibility to look after animals.
Learning intention: Children understand oral language and use it for a range of purposes.
Te Whāriki: Links to Strand 4, goal 2: children develop verbal communication skills for a range of purposes.
Te Aho Arataki Marau: Links to 3.1: communicate about habits.

Author – Sharon Holt

Illustrator – Deborah Hinde

Waikato based illustrator and author Deborah Hinde produces illustrations for a variety of clients and specialises in children’s picture books. She illustrated 11 of the books in the Te Reo Singalong series.

What others say about Maranga Mai:

“One of the best gifts my daughter received for her first birthday was a copy of Maranga Mai. We enjoyed this book so much that we have since bought four others in the Te Reo Singalong series. They’re all fantastic. The simple yet clever songs make learning new words fun and easy, and the books are beautifully illustrated too.” ~ Julia Masters, mum

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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