He aha tēnei?
(What is this?)

$24.99 incl GST

Children love bugs! And they love the illustrations of children holding insects in this book. It’s a big favourite with teachers and children in early childhood and primary school because of the many ways the ideas in the book can be extended throughout the curriculum. Many teachers really love the addition of the phrase at the end of each page “Me tiaki. He taonga” about protecting our insects because they are a treasure. At the end, the bees want to know more about the children – and of course, the children are treasures too.

Listen to an excerpt from the song

Take a look inside


  • Repetitive sentence structure: “Titiro mai! He aha tēnei?” (Look! What’s this?)
  • Repetitive sentence structure: “He ….. tēnā.” (That’s a …….)
  • Vocabulary for insects
  • Singalong CD which turns the book into a catchy song
  • English translation
  • List of activity ideas to make this much more than a fun book to do on the mat!
  • Picture glossary
  • Guitar chords

What others say about He aha tēnei?:

I’m doing te reo Māori at SIT at the moment and when we learned “tēnei, tēnā and tērā” I knew what they were talking about because of Sharon’s book He aha tēnei? The children also love this book because they’re into bugs. It’s great to be able to learn the bilingual names for insects.
Ariana Moss, home-based educator

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