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'Ata, Tofua and Niuafo'ou  by Peter Suren

'Ata, Tofua and Niuafo'ou

Peter Suren

Book

"The island historiographies presented here are new versions of chapters from our series "Essays on the history of the discovery and exploration of Tonga by the Europeans." They have been improved and enlarged - especially the paper on Niuafo'ou, the...

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Niuean colours = Tau lanu Niue  by 1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Niuean colours = Tau lanu Niue

1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Book

Provides the Niuean word for a particular colour; then uses the word in a sentence. Colours include red, orange, brown, green, blue, yellow, white, and purple.

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Samoan animals  by 1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Samoan animals

1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Book

Animals of Samoa.

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Samoan bub!  by 1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Samoan bub!

1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Book

First words for family members, common objects, and animals in Samoan and English.

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Tongan bub!  by 1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Tongan bub!

1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Book

First words for family members, common objects, and animals in Tongan and English.

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Niuean animals = Tau manu Niue  by 1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Niuean animals = Tau manu Niue

1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Book

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Samoan colours  by 1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Samoan colours

1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Book

Provides the Samoan word for a particular colour; then uses the word in a sentence. Colours include red, orange, brown, green, blue, yellow, white, and purple.

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Ko e lanu hā 'eni? = What colour is this?  by Annabel Piliu

Ko e lanu hā 'eni? = What colour is this?

Annabel Piliu

Picture book

A Tongan language learning resource for pre-school and primary school students. Aimed primarily at children of Tongan descent whose first language is English.

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The Cook voyages encounters  by Janet M. author. Davidson

The Cook voyages encounters

Janet M. author. Davidson

Book

"Widely respected Pacific scholar Janet Davidson details the collection of Māori, Pacific and Native American objects associated with Cook's three voyages of exploration in the Pacific between 1768 and 1779 held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa.....

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O mea tutupu a le tagata vaai  by Mark Twain

O mea tutupu a le tagata vaai

Mark Twain

Book

"I luga o auvai o le Vaitafe o Mississippi, ua sailia e Tom Sawyer ma ana uo le malaga i taimi uma. Ona tasi lea o le po i le tuugamau latou te molimauina se fasioti tagata. E faia e tama se tautoga o le toto e le fa'aalia ai le mealilo, ma latou sosola...

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Mophead  by Selina Tusitala author Marsh

Mophead

Selina Tusitala author Marsh

Book

"A moving graphic memoir of growing up Pasifika in New Zealand... At school, Selina is ridiculed for her big, frizzy hair. Kids call her 'mophead'. She ties her hair up this way and that way and tries to fit in. Until one day - Sam Hunt plays a role,...

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Bryan Williams  by David Riley

Bryan Williams

David Riley

Book

"Bryan Williams - Pacific Pioneer is the inspirational story of one of the first great Pasifikan All Blacks. Bryan beat his opponents with speed, sidestepping or sometimes just by running over the top of them! He inspired future generations of Pasifikan...

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Grace brought me here  by Lima Hansen

Grace brought me here

Lima Hansen

Book

"Grace Brought Me Here gives you a vulnerable and raw insight into Lima's compelling journey of grace. Lima retells her story with a great deal of transparency, authenticity, and courage, revealing some of her darkest and most profoundly heart wrench...

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Kaluti  by Shazia Usman

Kaluti

Shazia Usman

Book

Kaluti is a children’s book that talks about colorism in Fiji and take on a journey of empowerment and self-love. Written and self-published by activist and now author Shazia Usman, Kaluti tells the story of a 10-year-old Indo-Fijian girl living in ...

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Big world of small countries  by Shammi Kapoor

Big world of small countries

Shammi Kapoor

Book

Shammi Kapoor offers advice for small countries for improving their communication, infrastructure, exports, tourism, economy, education and employment.

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Hawaiki rising  by Sam Low

Hawaiki rising

Sam Low

Book

"Attuned to a world of natural signs-the stars, the winds, the curl of ocean swells-Polynesian explorers navigated for thousands of miles without charts or instruments. They sailed against prevailing winds and currents aboard powerful double canoes to...

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Langi tau'olunga. 9, Oketi by performer Iongi Brothers (Musical group)

Langi tau'olunga. 9, Oketi

performer Iongi Brothers (Musical g...

Music CD

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Langi tau'olunga. 10, 'Upe 'o taufa ahau by performer Iongi Brothers (Musical group)

Langi tau'olunga. 10, 'Upe 'o taufa ahau

performer Iongi Brothers (Musical g...

Music CD

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Tongan tau'olunga. 3 by Siale 'Iongi

Tongan tau'olunga. 3

Siale 'Iongi

Music CD

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Langi tau'olunga. 8, Nepituno by performer Iongi Brothers (Musical group)

Langi tau'olunga. 8, Nepituno

performer Iongi Brothers (Musical g...

Music CD

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Langi tau'olunga. 6, Lofa kai tamaki by performer Iongi Brothers (Musical group)

Langi tau'olunga. 6, Lofa kai tamaki

performer Iongi Brothers (Musical g...

Music CD

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Langi tau'olunga  7 by performer Iongi Brothers (Musical group)

Langi tau'olunga 7

performer Iongi Brothers (Musical g...

Music CD

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Brown boys.

Brown boys.

DVD

Brown Boys is a comedic coming of age film about six Samoan men in South Auckland. Their world is changing and they must move past the stage of going out, drinking and womanising. This is a story of brotherhood, growing up and love. The Brown Boys spend...

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1987  by Satendra P. (Satendra Pratap) Nandan

1987

Satendra P. (Satendra Pratap) Nanda...

Book

Six Nights in May is the narrative of what began on Thursday, 14th May, 1987, in the Parliament of Fiji. It was at 10.10am that a colonel staged the first coup with ten masked gunmen. He was the third-ranked officer in the Fiji Royal Military Forces,...

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Keila ʻē Leilani  by Lisa Fuemana-Foaʼi

Keila ʻē Leilani

Lisa Fuemana-Foaʼi

Book

Introduces twins who may look the same but don't always like the same things. Suggested level: junior.

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Fijian short stories  by Pratap Chand

Fijian short stories

Pratap Chand

Book

Stories reflect on real life experiences with a mixture of fiction and real life situations.

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Life on the run  by Divakar Rao

Life on the run

Divakar Rao

Book

"Divakar Rao's "Life on the run" is an enthralling account of his life as a student, teacher, educationist and a witty raconteur. His life has indeed been an adventure and his journey traverses several countries: including India, Fiji, England, New Z...

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Adventures of Tupaia  by Courtney Sina Meredith

Adventures of Tupaia

Courtney Sina Meredith

Book

"The incredible story of Tupaia, Tahitian priest navigator, who sailed on board the Endeavour with Captain Cook on his first voyage to Aotearoa. Follow Tupaia as he grows up in Ra'iatea, becoming a high-ranking 'arioi and master navigator. Join him as...

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La compil' du Studio Alphonse.

La compil' du Studio Alphonse.

DVD

Mama teie tau o ; Ranitea / Tahia -- Medley / Maire -- Tutu'u ; Chérie ; A paruru a here / Hinano -- Te moe moea / Maohi Dream -- A mave mai / Théo -- Te tama arii ; Il me dit que je suis belle / Lynda -- E hee te vaa / Te Ava Piti -- Himene Papeete...

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Trio Kikiriri. by performer Trio Kikiriri

Trio Kikiriri.

performer Trio Kikiriri

DVD

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Kiribati  by Alice Piciocchi

Kiribati

Alice Piciocchi

Book

Kiribati is an island nation in the vast blue of the Pacific Ocean. Composed of thirty-two atolls and three groups of islands, Kiribati lies halfway between Hawaii and Australia. The largest and best-known of the many coral islands is Kiritimati, where...

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Tales from the Kingdom of Tonga  by 'Ilisapesi L. Sisifa Weir

Tales from the Kingdom of Tonga

'Ilisapesi L. Sisifa Weir

Book

"In writing about the lives of her parents, the author reveals the intermix of societal traditions and Christian teachings in Tonga. Legends, stories and family trees provide insights into the humanity and godliness, history and geography in this South...

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Sina  by Leilua Pulotu

Sina

Leilua Pulotu

Picture book

"A gripping story of mother bird Sina and her children ‘Ilai and Tala and their adventures, beautifully told in Samoan and English. It starts with Sina’s journey home where Tala and Ilai are waiting for their mother. Sina had been out collecting food...

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Fakalotu by performer Vai ko Lomoloma

Fakalotu

performer Vai ko Lomoloma

Music CD

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Hiva fakalotu by Don't Fehi'a Productios

Hiva fakalotu

Don't Fehi'a Productios

Music CD

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Fakalotu. Volume 2 by performer Vai Tuimate

Fakalotu. Volume 2

performer Vai Tuimate

Music CD

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Teach me my feelings in Samoan  by Mary Aflague

Teach me my feelings in Samoan

Mary Aflague

Picture book

"This unique book offers children the imagery, repetition, and words to recognize and learn how to describe their emotions in English and Samoan - the language of the native people from the islands of Samoa and American Samoa within Polynesia in the ...

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Dancing spirit, love, and war  by Evadne Kelly

Dancing spirit, love, and war

Evadne Kelly

Book

"Meke, a traditional rhythmic dance accompanied by singing, signifies an important piece of identity for Fijians. Despite its complicated history of colonialism, racism, censorship, and religious conflict, meke remained a vital part of artistic expression...

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Discovering Fijian  by Albert J. Schütz

Discovering Fijian

Albert J. Schütz

Book

"This book traces the early history of the study of the Fijian language. The main part of the story begins with the dozen words collected by Cook's naturalist, William Anderson, in 1777, and ends with David Hazlewood's Fijian grammar and dictionary in...

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Roman reigns  by David Riley

Roman reigns

David Riley

Book

"Roman reigns tells the inspirational story of one man's struggle to find success in life, while at the same time battling cancer"-- Back cover.

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Tāua o leʻava i le aganu'u  by Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Tāua o leʻava i le aganu'u

Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Book

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Fiji  by Minal Hajratwala

Fiji

Minal Hajratwala

Book

Explore the ancient caves, volcanic canyons, emerald rainforests, and unspoiled beaches of this sparkling archipelago with Moon Fiji. Inside you'll find: Flexible itineraries, from four days on Taveuni Island, to five days of island-hopping in...

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'Oku ou longomo'ui

'Oku ou longomo'ui

Book

"Choosing the right food, staying active, keeping clean and getting a good night's sleep - this book will help you learn about simple ways to grow up strong and well." -- Back end paper.

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Ko e Kiliniki suka 'a Nena  by Peseti author. Vea

Ko e Kiliniki suka 'a Nena

Peseti author. Vea

Book

"Nena Finau is taking precaution by eating healthy and having regular medical check-ups for for Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that many people in Tonga now live with. Diabetes can be prevented if good lifestyle choices are made early in life."--Back...

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'Otai mango  by Maile Ongosia

'Otai mango

Maile Ongosia

Book

Growing fruits and vegetables around your home helps you make a healthy choice instead of drinking flavoured drinks from the stores. Tevita and Lesieli used the magoes from thier backyard to make mango smoothie and the whole family enjoyed the fresh ...

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'Aho Tokonaki 'i 'uta  by Ana Heti Veikune

'Aho Tokonaki 'i 'uta

Ana Heti Veikune

Book

Nena explains to Finau the importance of eating healthy food. She also explains how families can grow a range of healthy fruit and vegetables for themselves and do healthy, physical activities together.

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Ko e liliu kia Viliami  by Soana Kaitapu

Ko e liliu kia Viliami

Soana Kaitapu

Book

Tevita explains Viliame many ways to become more active during the day.

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Ko hoku famili 'oku fe'ofo'ofani

Ko hoku famili 'oku fe'ofo'ofani

Book

"Healthy families love each other and look after each other. Each member has a part to play in keeping the family healthy and happy."--Back end page.

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Koe e fononga ʻa pilikimi  by John Bunyan

Koe e fononga ʻa pilikimi

John Bunyan

Book

"This book recounts the story of Christian, who appears to the author in a dream, and his journey to Heaven through the trials and tribulations of life. He meets many like-minded pilgrims on his way, such as Faithful and Hopeful, but before they attain...

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Fua'i'akau mo e Vesitapolo, ifo mo mo'uilelei

Fua'i'akau mo e Vesitapolo, ifo mo mo'uilelei

Book

"Fresh fruit and vegetables are very important for our body. When we eat them every day they help our bodies to grow, be healthy, have energy, and fight disease."--Back end paper.

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Ko e 'ea ma'a 'a e lelei taha

Ko e 'ea ma'a 'a e lelei taha

Book

"There are ways to cut down air pollution. We can all work together to make sure that our environment and the air that we breathe is clean and healthy for our bodies."--Back end paper.

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Fili 'a e me'akai mo'uilelei

Fili 'a e me'akai mo'uilelei

Book

What is junk food and how much should you be eating? Sure, chips and candy taste great but healthy snacks like fresh fruits and veggies can be better for your overall health.

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Ko e 'aho fakafiefia kia Paula  by Mele Young Fa'oliu

Ko e 'aho fakafiefia kia Paula

Mele Young Fa'oliu

Book

Smoking tobacco is injurious to health as well as expensive. If a family member stops smoking it is good for them in many ways, it saves money as well as it keeps everyone healthy and happy.

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Vai

Vai

DVD

Vai is a portmanteau (a linguistic blending of words) feature film made by nine female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in seven different Pacific countries. It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played...

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Black dog = Kulī 'Uli  by Pamela Allen

Black dog = Kulī 'Uli

Pamela Allen

Book

Na'e nofo fakataha 'a Kulī 'Uli mo Kilisitina 'i ha ki'i fale na'e ofi ki ha voatā. Na'á na kaungāme'a lelei 'aupito"--Page 4 of cover.

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Ko toku faiva ko te tulituli  by Luciano author. Perez

Ko toku faiva ko te tulituli

Luciano author. Perez

Book

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Pasi pea fu  by 'Uluaki Falealea 'a Lasike Kupu

Pasi pea fu

'Uluaki Falealea 'a Lasike Kupu

Book

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Vaea ma Tui Fiti, Feè ma le isumu  by Alaiseā Fa'alafi Iosefa

Vaea ma Tui Fiti, Feè ma le isumu

Alaiseā Fa'alafi Iosefa

Book

Two Samoan legends are translated into English and presented in both languages in this publication.

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Island feelin' by Vaka Pole'o

Island feelin'

Vaka Pole'o

Music CD

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'Tukunga manatu' by Vaka Pole'o

'Tukunga manatu'

Vaka Pole'o

Music CD

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Mata'itohi faka-Tonga

Mata'itohi faka-Tonga

Picture book

"This book will help young children to learn their Tongan language alphabet, both upper case and lower case letters. The book also helps parents and family members teach their children about the sea creatures of the Tongan Ocean."--ubiq.co.nz

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'Oku fai 'enau lālanga  by Tu'ikolongahau Toumu'a

'Oku fai 'enau lālanga

Tu'ikolongahau Toumu'a

Picture book

"Come and see all the clever weavers. They are weaving many different kinds of useful things, from different materials. Join the weavers as they celebrate their weaving, and make plans to pass these skills on to future generations."--ubiq.co.nz

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Three wise cousins.

Three wise cousins.

DVD

Adam (Neil Amitauni) discovers that Mary (Gloria Blake) only wants to go out with a 'real island guy'. Keen to impress Mary, Adam heads to Samoa to find his cousins Mose (Vito Vito) and Tavita (Fesuiai Villamu) who will give him all the 'wisdom' he needs...

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Stories from Shakespeare  by Anne Collins

Stories from Shakespeare

Anne Collins

"This book contains four of Shakespeare's most famous plays retold in a story format for easy reading. The stories in this collection are The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar."--Publisher's description.

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Tagata taualoa  by Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Tagata taualoa

Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Book

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Tautua 'ese'ese  by Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Tautua 'ese'ese

Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Book

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Ole 'āiga  by Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Ole 'āiga

Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Book

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Atamai i le aganu'u  by Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Atamai i le aganu'u

Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Book

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Pacific social work

Pacific social work

Book

As a region, the Pacific is changing rapidly. This edited collection, the first of its kind, centres Pacific-Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being in Pacific social work. In so doing, the authors decolonise the dominant western rhetoric that is...

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Fuelavelave  by Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Fuelavelave

Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

Book

Presents the art of oratory that reflects the many aspects of Samoan history and culture. Provides detailed information of the appropriate vocabulary when making speeches for occasions including the matai ceremony, weddings, funerals, meetings, tatto...

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1001+ basic phrases  by Gilad Soffer

1001+ basic phrases

Gilad Soffer

Book

"1001+ Basic Phrases English - Samoan is a list of more than 1000 basic phrases translated from English to Samoan. Phrases divided into sections such as numbers, colors, time, days, body, greeting, weather, shopping, health, emergency, restaurant and...

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Good night Tonga  by Mary Aflague

Good night Tonga

Mary Aflague

Picture book

"Send your child to a sweet slumber with this book, Good Night Tonga. This children's sleepy time rhyme takes you and your child through an illustrated journey across the islands of Tonga. Children and adults alike will enjoy saying good night to mahina...

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Ko fē ho ihu? = Where is your nose?  by Annabel Piliu

Ko fē ho ihu? = Where is your nose?

Annabel Piliu

Picture book

An early learning primer for the Tongan language. Ko fe ho ihu? is an educational and fun story book to help children learn the Tongan language.

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Talking like children  by Elise Berman

Talking like children

Elise Berman

Book

"Children in the Marshall Islands do many things that adults do not. They walk around half naked. They carry and eat food in public without offering it to others. They talk about things they see rather than hiding uncomfortable truths. They explicitly...

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Tatau o i le matafaga = Let's go to the beach  by Pio Junior Mulipola

Tatau o i le matafaga = Let's go to the beach

Pio Junior Mulipola

Picture book

"Tino is excited to go to the beach with his mum and dad. But first, they must pick up a few people. Who will be coming along on the trip? --Back cover.

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