The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera (, Paperback) | Ebay | Books to read, Fiction novels, BooksThis story is set in Whangara, East Coast New Zealand, where a young girl called Kahu is born as a descendent of Paikea who according to legend, rode a whale from Hawaiiki to New Zealand. As the first born to the eldest son of the whanau, Kahu has broken the male line of descent — the first since before Paikea lived many years ago. The story tells of her struggle with her grandfather, Koro Apirana to be recognised as the new leader of the people of Whangara. Koro Apirana cannot accept that a female could be leader. As things start to go wrong for the villagers, Koro Apirana blames the problems on Kahu and sets out to find a suitable male to take over leadership of the whanau.
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
It tells the haunting story of a spirited Maori girl, her tribe and their mysteriously intertwined destinies. Kahu, a year-old girl struggles to become the chief of her tribe but her grandfather Koro, whose attention she craves, believes that this is a role reserved for males only. Kahu will not be ignored and in her quest she finds a unique ally: the whale rider himself, from whom she has inherited the ability to communicate with whales. Once this sacred gift is revealed, will Kahu be able to assume her rightful position and lead her tribe to a bold new future? See all episodes from World Book Club.
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Whale Rider tells the tale of Kahu and her familys struggle to bring balance back to their Maori tribe. Check out Witi Ihimaeras touching novel. Author: Witi Ihimaera Books may not often make a huge impact on ya. They're usually things you are forced to read for class and you end up dreading every sentence. Every once and a while you might get wrapped up in a certain story, you might even suggest it to a friend. But how often does a book change your life? It would take some pretty powerful words to make something like that happen - but those are exactly the kind of words that make up Whale Rider.
November 17, in book review , projects. In each generation a boy is chosen to lead the tribe, so it was a big disappointment for Koro when his first great-grandchild was a girl. Not all the book has that many foreign words in one sentence, but the glossary at the end was useful several times. Some people told me over Twitter that the movie is even better — do you agree? Some people told me that the movie is even better than the book — do you agree? Must get my hands on it soon. He creates imaginative new realities for his readers, drawing from autobiographical experience.