Times are tough, and when Mum sends Trev off to the market to sell his bike, she is disgusted when he comes home with a handful of seeds and chucks them out the window. Next morning, Trev is amazed to see a giant kauri tree has grown up beside the house and at the top of the tree he finds a taniwha's lair ... Humorous Kiwi version of Jack and the Beanstalk in which Mum resolves the problem at the end with her trusty chainsaw!
"Yum Yum, what's that pong?
Something here does not belong!
Catch him, nibble him bit by bit,
Fling him in the hangi pit!"
Interesting Facts Behind the Story
The Kauri Tree
Kauri are among the world's mightiest trees, growing to over 50 m tall, with trunk girths up to 16 m, and living for over 2,000 years.
Tane Mahuta, king of the forest is the largest remaining kauri tree in the country. The 1,500 year old Tane Mahuta is 51.5 m tall, with a girth of 13.77 m. It is found in Waipoua.
Read more facts about the Kauri tree, from the Department of Conservation.
What are Taniwha?
Taniwha are supernatural creatures in Māori tradition, similar to serpents and dragons in other cultures. They were said to hide in the ocean, rivers, lakes or caves.
Read all about them and more Taniwha stories, at The Encyclopedia of NZ site.
Sing along to the song 'One day a Taniwha'.
A hangi is a traditional New Zealand Maori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven. It is still used for special occasions.
Watch a short video of a hangi pit being made and the food placed within it to cook ... plus how delicious it looks when it comes out.
I figured out by about page three that this might well be a kiwified version of Jack and the Beanstalk and by then I and my little misses were already captivated by it.
This book is absolutely fantastic. I love so many things about it. Firstly the illustrations are absolutely perfect. They are colourful and Kiwified. The illustrations are perfect with the story and my Miss Three especially loves "reading" this to herself and looking at the pictures... read more
This book has a great rhythm to it (which allows the reader to have fun and be expressive), it's amusing and it has a cool taniwha... read more
Otago Daily Times
Story quiz - test you knowledge of the story.
Bookmarks – print off a page of bookmarks, add decorations if you want to, and give to your friends!
Colour in a Taniwha.
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