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Ko e Niue  by Raewyn Funaki

Ko e Niue

Raewyn Funaki

Book

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Sina's busy day ; by Dahlia Malaeulu

Sina's busy day ;

Dahlia Malaeulu

Picture book

Sina's up early , she has a very busy day ahead. Her day begins with cheerful greetings to her family, friends, her rugby coach and whoever she meets all through the day.

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Lei loves ; by Dahlia Malaeulu

Lei loves ;

Dahlia Malaeulu

Picture book

"Lei Loves - introduces festive greetings from Mother's Day to Happy New Year, and culminates in wishing Leia 'Happy Birthday'. "--Provided by publisher.

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My first book of animals = Manu  by Katie Kool

My first book of animals = Manu

Katie Kool

Picture book

Introduces the Samoan words for different kinds of animals.

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My first book of words = Upu  by Katie Kool

My first book of words = Upu

Katie Kool

Picture book

A bilingual book of Samoan and English words.

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My first book of numbers  = Numera  by Katie Kool

My first book of numbers = Numera

Katie Kool

Picture book

Each page has a picture of a number of objects and the corresponding numeral for very young children.

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Teach me to count in Fijian  by Gerard Aflague

Teach me to count in Fijian

Gerard Aflague

Picture book

This Pacific island-themed book is a useful parental tool to teach children the numbers 1-12 in Fijian. Each page is designed with beautiful and simple colorful imagery.

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Opposites in Samoan with English translations  by Gerard Aflague

Opposites in Samoan with English translations

Gerard Aflague

Picture book

"Children will learn concepts such as big and small, short and tall, hot and cold, clean and dirty, left and right, and so much more with vivid imagery."--Back cover.

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Teach me to pray in Fijian

Teach me to pray in Fijian

Book

Teach Me to Pray in Fijian is a colorfully designed children's Christian prayer book. This interactive softcover title includes the well-known Lord's Prayer, a Prayer Before Meals, a Bedtime Prayer, a Prayer for Mom and Dad, and a Prayer for Grandma ...

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Teach me my feelings in Tongan with English translstions  by Mary Aflague

Teach me my feelings in Tongan with English translstions

Mary Aflague

Book

"Bilingual language learning is fun when books are designed with effective teaching tools in mind. We do that well with our "Teach me my feelings in Tongan title. This is a unique book that offers children the imagery repetition, and words to recognize...

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Head, shoulders, knees and toes in Samoan  by Gerard Aflague

Head, shoulders, knees and toes in Samoan

Gerard Aflague

Book

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Samoan is a cute book that engages children to learn a language in a fun and colorful way. Let Peau and Vasa take you on an adventure through the colorful backdrop of the tropics. From the warm, blue ocean waters to...

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Teach me to pray in Tongan

Teach me to pray in Tongan

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Teach Me to Pray in Tongan is a colorfully designed children's Christian prayer book. This interactive softcover title includes the well-known Lord's Prayer, a Prayer Before Meals, a Bedtime Prayer, a Prayer for Mom and Dad, and a Prayer for Grandma ...

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Hooked = Sa mātau  by David Riley

Hooked = Sa mātau

David Riley

Book

There's lots of different ways to catch fish. You can use a net, a trap, even your hands. Characters in this story used a magic hook to catch more fish than they'd ever seen. That's when the trouble began ...a Samoan legend retold"--Back cover.

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Playing with fire = Ta'alo i le afi  by David Riley

Playing with fire = Ta'alo i le afi

David Riley

Book

"Fire is one of the most precious elements we know. You can cook with it. You can dry things with it. You can even sit around it and tell stories like this one. But how did fire get to Samoa?"--Back cover.

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Malie is ma'alahi!  by David Riley

Malie is ma'alahi!

David Riley

Book

"Malie was born with deformed feet. Some people might think that's a disability. Not Malie. Find out how his deformed feet become his superpower"--Back cover.

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The secret cave = Koe 'ana fakapulipulí  by David Riley

The secret cave = Koe 'ana fakapulipulí

David Riley

Book

"Naua was an expert fisherman who found an underwater cave. Naua had a feeling his cave would be helpful one day. And so it did. Find out what happened in The Secret Cave - Koe 'Ana Fakapulupuli, a Tongan legend retold by David Riley"--Back cover.

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Grandpa's siapo  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Grandpa's siapo

Dahlia Malaeulu

Book

"Grandpa and Luka share the same birthday and today they get to celebrate it with the whole 'āiga. Grandpa is also a storyteller and surprises his grandchildren with a Samoan Siapo that tells a very special story about Sāmoa's journey to independance...

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Of course you can! = Io te ke lava!  by Karen Hinge

Of course you can! = Io te ke lava!

Karen Hinge

Book

Jeremy is starting a new school. He's not too sure about how he will fit in. But the other students make him welcome and every time he thinks he can't do something they say "Of course you can!."

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Of course you can! = E maeka he taute e koe!  by Karen Hinge

Of course you can! = E maeka he taute e koe!

Karen Hinge

Book

Jeremy is starting a new school. He's not too sure about how he will fit in. But the other students make him welcome and every time he thinks he can't do soemthing they say "Of course you can!."

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Of course you can! = Se e te mafaia!   by Karen Hinge

Of course you can! = Se e te mafaia!

Karen Hinge

Book

Jeremy, a young boy who uses a wheelchair, is nervous about starting at his new school, but the other children encourage him to take part in their activities.

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South Pacific bub!  by 1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

South Pacific bub!

1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Picture book

"First words in English, Maori, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Niuean and Cook Islands Maori. With some contrasting black and white baby shapes for new born bubs."--Back cover

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Losi the Giant fisherman  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Losi the Giant fisherman

Dahlia Malaeulu

Book

Losi the Giant was the greatest fisherman across all the moana. A mischievous and loyal friend to sea creatures and all humans, Losi will always be remembered as the hero who brought taro, the food of the Gods’, to Earth.

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More than 100 words in Samoan  by Usha Cervantes

More than 100 words in Samoan

Usha Cervantes

Picture book

"This delightful Samoan-English word book is ideal for learning simple first words in Samoan. The everyday scenes are filled with detail and will help children build up a basic Samoan vocabulary. Each word has a picture and word label in both English...

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'Oku ou mateuteu ki he ako  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

'Oku ou mateuteu ki he ako

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Tongan children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Lea faka-Tonga. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The...

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Ua ou sauni mo le aoga  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Ua ou sauni mo le aoga

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Samoan children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Samoan. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The New...

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Tatou sauni mo le aoga  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Tatou sauni mo le aoga

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Samoan children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Samoan. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The New ...

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Ke tau teuteu ki he ako  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Ke tau teuteu ki he ako

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Tongan children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Lea faka-Tonga. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The...

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Te tāpapa nei nōte aere i te Āpii  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Te tāpapa nei nōte aere i te Āpii

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Tongan children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Lea faka-Tonga. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The...

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Omai ke tauteute ke o he aoga  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Omai ke tauteute ke o he aoga

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Niuean children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Niuean. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The New...

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O le lalolagi o lo'o si'omia ai tatou = The world around us  by Katie Kool

O le lalolagi o lo'o si'omia ai tatou = The world around us

Katie Kool

Book

"It's a big wide world out there, full of curiosities and wonderments that catch the eyes of Kiwi kids. This latest book from the dynamic duo of Katie Kool and Cindy Tan showcases delightful illustrations of familiar items with their English and Samoan...

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'O fea tamā? = Where is dad?  by Falefitu Tony Laulu

'O fea tamā? = Where is dad?

Falefitu Tony Laulu

Book

Aiafi, the main character of this story wakes up most days without seeing her Dad. Aiafi's father leaves home for work long before she wakes up. In this story, Aiafi learns why her Dad works so much and gets the answer to her question, 'Where is Dad'...

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Ko Hoku Fonua

Ko Hoku Fonua

Book

"Ten Tongan young people worked with teacher-writer David Riley ... The stories they've written demonstrated their immense pride in being Tongan. You'll read about the importance of family and lotu, their favourite Tongan foods and clothing, their love...

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Night of the dance = Pō o te 'ura : a Cook Islands legend  by David Riley

Night of the dance = Pō o te 'ura : a Cook Islands legend

David Riley

Book

"Koromaūariki had a close relationship with his dad, the legendary superhero, Tinirau. But there was one thing that bothered him. Sometimes Tinirau would wake up in the middle of the night, go outside... and disappear for three days. When he came home...

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Tapa of love = Tapa ō te 'inangaro : a Cook Islands legend  by David Riley

Tapa of love = Tapa ō te 'inangaro : a Cook Islands legend

David Riley

Book

"Ina is a Cook Islands heroine and superhero, famous throughout Oceania for her mighty deeds. In this story, Ina faces the biggest challenge of her life. Is it a human-eating giant? No. A tree-crushing cyclone? Kā'ore. Then it must be an island-flood...

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My first Samoan alphabet book

My first Samoan alphabet book

Picture book

Resources to teach young children words in Samoan, the language spoken in the Samoa islands.

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O a'u o le Samoa  by Falefitu Tony Laulu

O a'u o le Samoa

Falefitu Tony Laulu

Picture book

"It is Tailevai's first time to Samoa where he meets his Papa and Nana for the first time. In the first few moments of his time in Samoa, Tailevai quickly realizes that he isn't very confident in speaking or understanding Samoan. He however learns a ...

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Isaia says ; by Dahlia Malaeulu

Isaia says ;

Dahlia Malaeulu

Picture book

Isaia Says - is based on Simon Says but uses Samoan names for where the reader places their hands. Analia Asks - Analia requests one food item after another, and thanks the giver each time. Eventually we find that she has been collecting the food to create...

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The tree of life  by Jill MacGregor

The tree of life

Jill MacGregor

Book

"Coconut palms grow 30 metres tall, producing 60-100 coconuts each year for 80 years. There are hundreds of uses for the coconut palm. Where do all the coconuts go?"--Publishers description.

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Saturday in Kiribati  by Jill MacGregor

Saturday in Kiribati

Jill MacGregor

Book

A look at the lives of Temwaka and Tekai and their cousins Azamat, Salyn and Manrongo who live beside the lagoon in the village of Bikenibeu on the main island of Tarawa. It looks at a typical Saturday where children and adults alike carry out their ...

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Our traditional homes  by Jill MacGregor

Our traditional homes

Jill MacGregor

Book

"The first houses in the Pacific Island countries were built using materials from the environment. The leafy houses were ideal for the hot climate but not always long-lasting."--Publishers description.

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Creatures of the reef  by Jill MacGregor

Creatures of the reef

Jill MacGregor

Book

"The islands of the Pacific are surrounded by warm water and many are ringed by a coral reef. The reef provides shelter and food for hundreds of marine creatures."--Publishers description.

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Mother's day  by Jill MacGregor

Mother's day

Jill MacGregor

Book

"Every Monday after the 2nd Sunday in May, families in Samoa celebrate ‘Manuia le Aso o Tina’ or Mother’s Day. It’s a holiday for everyone. Miriama makes a special gift for her mother."--Publishers description.

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My kindy  by Jill MacGregor

My kindy

Jill MacGregor

Book

"Caqi lives in Fiji. He is five and goes to kindy in the little blue house by the beach. His teacher says their beach is the biggest sandpit in the world."--Publishers description.

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Sala's surprise ; by Dahlia Malaeulu

Sala's surprise ;

Dahlia Malaeulu

Picture book

Kuso's Clean - everyday, when Kuso gets home, he is very dirty and needs a bath. Introduces the names of parts of the body. Sala's Surprise - when Sala gets up in the morning, she puts on a range of colourful clothing. The result is a surprise to her...

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Konenerio & the flag master = konenerio ao te tia itoman  by Kinaua Ewels

Konenerio & the flag master = konenerio ao te tia itoman

Kinaua Ewels

Book

"A Bible, a hymn book, and two white flags. Who would think that such ordinary objects could help save people's lives? But that's exactly what happened in Kiribati during World War Two. And all thanks to a 15-year-old boy named Rob'ati. Find out how ...

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Fale Samoa  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Fale Samoa

Dahlia Malaeulu

Book

"Come join Tomasi and his friends as they take a magical ride to learn more about Fale Samoa, and why they are so important in Samoan culture."--Publisher description.

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Siva afi teine toa  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Siva afi teine toa

Dahlia Malaeulu

Book

"Teuila is the only girl competing in her first ever Siva Afi competition. Mika is the current Siva afi champion, who is not afraid of anyone. In this story of courage, Teuila and Mika learn about the importance of their feagaiga as brother and sister,...

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Ko e 'aho hono ua  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'aho hono ua

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Book

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Ko e 'aho hono fitu =  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'aho hono fitu =

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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Ko e 'aho hono tolu =  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'aho hono tolu =

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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Ko e 'aho hono nima =  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'aho hono nima =

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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Ko e 'aho hono ono =  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'aho hono ono =

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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Ko e 'uluaki 'aho =  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'uluaki 'aho =

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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'O le meaalofa o le Kerisimas = The Christmas gift  by Sandra Fatu Nu'u

'O le meaalofa o le Kerisimas = The Christmas gift

Sandra Fatu Nu'u

Picture book

"A bilingual story in Samoan & English, about 2 young children who have been dreaming about Christmas time-lot of family, love & toys. To top off all these exciting things-they are about to receive the best Christmas gift ever!" --Wheelers

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Toe nonofo fo'i i le Fale? O le a le Koronavairusi? = (Stay home again? What is Coronavirus?)  by Vaoese Kava

Toe nonofo fo'i i le Fale? O le a le Koronavairusi? = (Stay home again? What is Coronavirus?)

Vaoese Kava

Book

"Nive is a schoolgirl in Samoa, South Pacific. When the 2020 / 2021 Covid-19 Pandemic spreads throughout the whole world, she starts to notice changes to her family's daily routine especially the restrictions in their movements. They were made to stay...

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Republic of Fiji  by Karen Barron Russell

Republic of Fiji

Karen Barron Russell

Book

"World we live in Republic of Fiji encourages young people to discover information about their ancestory and the unknown. The series of seven books share interesting information, cultural differences, Fruits and Vegetables in the region, recipes and the...

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Tiki moe pelesitiki = Tiki and plastic  by Tilisa De-Martinez

Tiki moe pelesitiki = Tiki and plastic

Tilisa De-Martinez

Picture book

"Author of this book hopes to inspire, educate, entertain and help preserve the pristine beaches of Tonga."--2nd last page of this book.

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Asiasiga 'i le Falemata'aga i Te Papa = Going to Te Papa  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Asiasiga 'i le Falemata'aga i Te Papa = Going to Te Papa

Dahlia Malaeulu

Picture book

"Board book featuring measina or treasures from Sāmoa in the collection of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, with text in both Sāmoan and English"--Publisher information.

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O le a le manu lea? = What animal is this?  by Sandra Fatu Nu'u

O le a le manu lea? = What animal is this?

Sandra Fatu Nu'u

Book

Tells what different types of animals are doing.

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O le a le numera lea? = What number is this?  by Sandra Fatu Nu'u

O le a le numera lea? = What number is this?

Sandra Fatu Nu'u

Book

Counts numbers one to ten.

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O le a le aso lenei? = What day is it today?  by Sandra Fatu Nu'u

O le a le aso lenei? = What day is it today?

Sandra Fatu Nu'u

Book

Tells what is supposed to be done on each day of the week in Samoa.

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ABC with Millvy  by Eleanor Kit

ABC with Millvy

Eleanor Kit

Book

"Looking for something original and relevant to life in 2021? This book is based on the 23 Letters of the Fijian Alphabet. The words for the images are in Fijian but all other text is in English to encourage you to try the Fijian language. This ABC with...

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The woman who was swallowed by a whale  by Briar Wilton

The woman who was swallowed by a whale

Briar Wilton

Book

The woman who was swallowed by a whale is a folktale ; Niue : rock of Polynesia is a short factual introduction to the country and culture.

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Millvy's tail goes to Koro Island  by Eleanor Kit

Millvy's tail goes to Koro Island

Eleanor Kit

Book

Millvy the cat travels to Fiji to find the iguana who stole his tail.

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Tupia, Isaac & Cook  by Mark Wilson

Tupia, Isaac & Cook

Mark Wilson

Book

When Isaac Smith signs on to sail with James Cook to the Pacific, he meets and befriends a master navigator called, Tupaia, one of the most remarkable characters in history. Tupaia helps guide the Endeavour through the Pacific as James Cook undertakes...

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Wilbur's cosmic cone  by Alan D. Parr

Wilbur's cosmic cone

Alan D. Parr

Book

Wilbur the dog, depressed due to the cone attached to his neck, becomes happier with his life after visiting Mars.

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