Walt Disney’s latest movie, Moana, tells the story of the strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe on the island of Motunui. She seeks out the ocean and reunites a mystical relic with the goddess, Te-Fiti, who created the island. When trouble strikes her island, the primary coconut crops begin to rot on the trees and fish become scarce. Moana realizes the trouble that the island and her people are in, and sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, with the hopes of saving her people.
If you’ve recently seen Moana and are looking for more books about Polynesian tales and related topics, here are some good ones that are available at the library:
Maui and the Sun by Gavin Bishop
The Maori people of New Zealand tell this version of the Polynesian folktale in which a trickster uses magical powers to slow the movement of the sun.
Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross
Discover how the greatest explorers in history plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, readers explore fourteen historic journeys.
Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson
A bear and a boy who both love exploring learn to share their adventures together
Women Explorers: Peril, Pistols, and Petticoats! by Julia Cummins
Introduces inspiring women whose passions for exploration made them push the boundaries, including Nellie Cashman, Annie Smith Peck, and Delia Julia Denning Akeley.