Night Fishing for my Birthday

Night Fishing for my Birthday

by Tuala F. Tiresa Malietoa

Apia, Samoa: Niu Leaf Publications

ISBN: 9829071081/9789829071088 (English)

ISBN: 9829071073/9789829071071 (Samoan)

 Everyone is a little worried when Sifa asks if he can go night fishing for flying fish, to celebrate his birthday. His Uncle Seti had previously lost an arm when he was bitten by a shark while night fishing once. Despite this, he is allowed to go, and learns what it means to be a true hero when the canoe turns and he is tipped out of the boat. This story shows a unique aspect of Pacific Island culture, and has been illustrated beautifully using pencil and water colours, by Vaioleti Samata Uili. It is also available in Samoan.

This book was nominated for the collection because it shows life in the Pacific Islands.

A New Zealand curriculum-linked activity for this book can be found here.