Whai Mai!

Follow Me!

This book is a perfect example of how you can easily use te reo Māori in context, increasing vocabulary, phrases and knowledge of simple sentence structures.

The children in the story run from one piece of playground equipment to the next, practising their directional words: up, down, forward, back, in, out etc.

Use this book to combine playing and learning te reo at the same time!

Written by Sharon Holt and illustrated by Deborah Hinde

$24.99 incl. GST

1 in stock

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Whai Mai! includes:

  • Repetitive sentence structure: “Me tākaro tātou ki runga i te….” (Let’s play on the …. everyone)
  • Vocabulary for playground equipment and directions such as up, down, forward, back, in, out, go across, return
  • 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 Whai Mai!: 
Tikanga: The sharing of kai is an important aspect of Māori culture.
Learning Intention: Understand and use prepositions, in response to someone else’s direction.
Te Whāriki: Links to Strand 3, Goal 2: develop realistic perceptions of what they can and can’t do.
Te Aho Arataki Marau: Links to 3.3: give and follow directions.

What others say about Whai mai!:

“My 16 month old daughter and I love your Te Reo Singalong books and Whai Mai is our favourite! It’s such a catchy tune and the words are easy to learn. She constantly pulls them off her bookshelf and sits flicking through the pages, looking at the pictures and words. When I put Whai Mai on, she starts dancing to it.” Kelly Leech, mum

“What can I say? We love Sharon Holt’s books in our whare! They are fun, bright and best of all you get a waiata into the bargain! Whai mai is our fave because it teaches us ALL some useful reo we can utilise when are out at the papa tākaro having a play!” Kitty Brown, mum

Sharon HoltKiwi 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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