Sunday, 9 December 2007

KPE Episode 156 - "The Waka"

'The Waka' by Jean Prior is reviewed by Iese from Room 18 and Tari is his DJ. Iese says, " I recorded this podcast with Tari and it's my second podcast. I enjoyed podcasting with Tari because we sang a song to our podcast. The song relates to the book because it's about all the waka that brought the Maori people to New Zealand."
The story is similar in parts to the story of Noah's Ark from the Bible, but this version has a very kiwi flavour, with Rangatira in charge of the waka and all the creatures going on board are native to New Zealand. Have a listen (or a read) and see how many you recognise. And don't forget to let Iese and Tari know what you think!

KPE Episode 155 - "The Donkey Man"

'The Donkey Man' by Glyn Harper is another ANZAC story.
Kelvin from Room 17 has been reading this book and Leauma is his DJ.
This story is told from the viewpoint of a donkey. This donkey was taken to Gallipoli to carry
supplies to the soldiers fighting in World War 1 and they carried wounded soldiers back to the hospital boats. It was a really hard life for the soldiers and the donkeys. They were in danger from the guns shooting at them and from the heat and bad food. The donkeys had another problem too - if they had a cruel man looking after them they were treated very badly. The donkey man in the story had a cruel man looking after him, but after a while things changed and he had a new donkey man. He was a New Zealand soldier called Richard Henderson. He was really kind to the donkey and together they saved lots of soldiers lives. We know you will love this story and it will help you to understand ANZAC Day a bit better too. Tell us what you think...