With his determination to leave this gift for his daughters, Ihimaera has created a gem in Kahu and in Nanny Flowers who encourages her every on every step of her journey. The writing of Witi Ihimaera reminds me of Louise Erdrich on the other side of the world.
But, no, her people need her--whether or not her grandfather realizes it. Ihimaera has created a wonderful gift for girls all over the world in creating a girl heroine who is proactive and not crying out for boy heroes to save her.
The movie begins with the birth of twins, the latest in that line.
The Chief's eldest son, Porourangi, fathers twins - a boy and a girl - but the boy and his mother die tragically in childbirth. The other roles are also strongly cast, especially Rawiri Paratene and Vicky Haughton as the grandparents.
The ancestor of the current people named Kahutia Te Rangi was able to converse with whales and the two species maintained a symbiotic relationship that balanced all creatures of the earth.
Gaining international acclaim from the movie based on this book, Ihimaera takes his readers on a mythical journey through contemporary Maori culture.
With the year winding down and finding myself in need of an author whose last name starts with the letter I to finish an A-Z author challe I have been fascinated by whales from the time I was a young child and saw a blue whale skeleton at the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History.