by Sarona Aiono-Iosefa
ISBN: 079030063X/9780790300634 (Samoan)
ISBN: 0790300648/9780790300641 (Tokelauan)
ISBN: 0790300621/9780790300627 (Niuean)
ISBN: 04827498X/9780478274981 (English)
This is a Tupu reader in a series which has other language versions available in Sāmoan, Cook Islands Maori (Tāpati Tatau), Niuean (Aho he tau Fānau), Tokelauan (Aho Hā Paepae) and Tongan (Sāpate ‘o Fānau), as well as an English language version in the Ready to Read series, called White Sunday in Samoa. It tells the true story of a young boy named Tafu, who is getting ready to take part in White Sunday celebrations in Samoa – a special day which celebrates children. The text is supported by full colour photos which show Tafu’s preparations and special day of celebration with his family.
This book was nominated because Sarona Aiono-Iosefa is a respected author, and the real pictures were appealing. The celebration of White Sunday is important in Pacific Island culture, and so should be reflected in the collection.
A New Zealand Curriculum-linked activity for this picture book can be found here.