Modern version of the Rona and the Moon myth appears in vividly illustrated, bilingual picture book
Rona is a young girl who gets angry with everyone — her brother, her Nana and Papa — until one night she calls the moon stupid! Taken to meet her ancestor Whaea Rona on the moon, she learns a lesson in how to control her temper:
‘Everything looks so small from up here,’ said Rona.
‘I know,’ Whaea beamed. ‘Even the reasons we felt angry seem so little.’
‘Hanga nohinohi te ao katoa atu i konei,’ tā Rona.
‘E mea ana koe,’ te mene atu a Whaea. ‘Kua hanga nohinohi hoki ngā take i pupū ai ō tāua riri.’
Award-winning writer and youth counsellor Tim Tipene (Ngāti Kurī, Ngāti Whātua) recasts the myth in a modern setting, with beautiful illustrations by Theresa Reihana (Ngāti Hine) and te reo Māori translation by Stephanie Huriana Fong (Te Rarawa). More info about the book Rona Moon can be found here and on our blog.