©1987 Witi Ihimaera; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"A poetic blend of reality and myth provides a riveting tale of adventure and passion." (School Library Journal)
I stepped into this one backwards. I saw the movie first, then looked for the book. I read the book, then just recently listened to the audiobook thanks to a friend who had it on her ipod. If you like stories of ancient tradition or stories where characters struggle against ancient tradition, this is a good one. The Whale Rider offers a look into the world of a tribe that decends from the legendary "whale rider" and the struggle of Kahu to overcome tradition and be recognized for who she is (and who she can become). This is a good story, and one I would recommend.
Inspiring story for anyone; suitable for "tween agers", but my parents and i really enjoyed it on a drive to California. We had loved the movie, and the book was another joy. The Maori sounding music between chapters added to the mood.
A gem that glistens. Beautiful. A contemporary rewriting of an ancient Maori legend. Its messages speak of the strength of women, but even more importantly of the oneness of the past and present, the rational and the irrational, what we understand and don’t understand and of all life on earth. This is young adult literature for adults.
The audiobook narration by Kiwian Jay Laga’aia was well done. There is music throughout the recording, but it is the same snippet repeated over and over again. When will we get audiobooks with varied music and numerous songs? Anybody listening out there?
Wonderful insight into contemporary Maori culture and the importance of their sacred relationship with the ancient whales. Listened to this touching story as I was traveling in New Zealand - great choice! Excellent performance/reading. Can't wait to see the movie.
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