A collection of nineteen tales from various Maori tribes of New Zealand about the trickster Maui, the Creation, monsters, birds, animals, and special places.
This book contains a series of myths the author heard while growing up in New Zealand that explore Maori life in detail. For instance, one can learn how the sun was captured and slowed so the day would last longer.
The watercolor illustrations accompanying these tales, coupled with the brief explanations in the foreword, enhance the reading experience and truly bestow a sense of the Maori culture.
The best part was reading the brief paragraph before each tale and hearing how the author viewed everything as a child. It definitely added another element while reading the text.