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Of Course You Can

Samoan and English edition Se e te mafaia, recipient of a 2022 Contestable Fund Grant from Copyright Licensing New Zealand


About the author:

Karen Hinge was raised as a ‘free-range kid’ in the Waikato. Her childhood memories include long days of freedom spent bike riding, hut building, hill sliding and blackberry picking. She began her teaching career in Christchurch and enjoyed exploring the amazing South Island during holiday breaks. She now lives in beautiful Northland where, for the last 20 years, she and her partner Derek have been raising their family of three children. An intermediate school teacher, Karen says she loves the learning opportunities that teaching brings.

About the author (te Reo Māori):

Ngaere Roberts has retold an impressive list of much-loved titles, mainly drawn from Scholastic NZ's list. Some of her retellings have been short-listed for awards in their own right. Ngaere has worked in the field of researching, promoting and developing te Reo Māori oral and written language since the 1940s.

About the illustrator:

Nicky Siever is a budding writer/illustrator of books for children. This is her first book.

Of Course You Can

SKU: 9780473421854
  • About the book:

    ** New bilingual editions out in May 2022!**

     Selected as a 2021 IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People With Disabilities. Find out more here (pdf)

    Jeremy is starting a new school. He is a bit nervous and a lot worried but the children in this class are welcoming. Every time he thinks he can't take part they say 'Of course you can!' and so he plays soccer, joins in the Kapa Haka and even takes part in the cross country ... But when it comes to swimming the children tell him not to do it.

  • Publication date:

    ISBN: 9780473421854 Te reo Māori and English (Ka Taea Tohu e Koe) - May 2018

    ISBN: 9781990035111 Samoan and English (Se e te mafaia) - May 2022

    ISBN: 9781990035173 Tongan and English (‘Io Te´ Ke Lava) - May 2022

    ISBN: 9781990035180 Niuean and English (E Maeke He Taute e Koe) - May 2022

  • Reviews:

    Read all reviews on our reviews page

    NZBooklovers (March 2019): " This little children’s book is outstanding...[the] bilingual story shows how a nervous boy is made to feel capable and able to participate in all activities over the first week at a new school...cheerful, friendly inclusive book sets up new situations faced by children who are new to school and outlines the situations for those in charge of schools. The story shows a depth of kindness, and inclusion on all sides as classmates find ways for him to take part in all activities he is facing. The illustrations are outstanding. Somehow every expression drawn on faces is warm, positive, cheerful and friendly. The new situations the boy faces are similar to those every child could find in a day at school. Everyone encountered, from teacher, to class mates, and groundsman, contribute to the atmosphere of support. Each challenge is overcome by a realistic solution in a positive and helpful manner.  Illustrations are clear and well matched to the story line...The clever use of two different fonts outline the two different languages on balanced pages. I would recommend this book for libraries at all levels of education. It is a lovely story, with excellent illustrations." - Reviewer: Sonia Edward


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