by Tolo Pereira
Porirua, New Zealand: Samoan Early Education Development Services Ltd (SEEDS)
Illustrated beautifully using bright, simple images, this book tells the reader about what it is like when a young Samoan girl goes to church each week. The language is simple and repetitive, making it ideal for children learning to read, as well as pre-schoolers. The text is provided in both English and Samoan.
This book was nominated for its large, glossy presentation and because it promotes the language of Samoa. It was also nominated because it presents Samoan culture in a very accessible way, and because children can easily relate to the ideas in the book.
A New Zealand Curriculum-linked activity for this picture book can be found here.
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