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ProductO Ratou na Veitavaleni - The Three Cousins
AuthorLate Mrs. Tuipulotu Vugakoto
ArtistAnare Somumu
LanguageFijian
Reading age8 years old
Number of Pages17
DimensionsA3 Size - 297 x 420 mm
CopyrightProduct images and text © My Fiji Store. Book © The Institute of Indigenous Studies, Fiji Ltd.
ISBN978-982-98210-3-4

O Ratou na Veitavaleni - The Three Cousins

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Description

'O Ratou na Veitavaleni - The Three Cousins' is a Fiji Children's book written entirely in Fijian for children aged 8 years old. Written by the late Mrs. Tuipulotu Vugakoto, from RFTA - Retired Fijian Teachers Association, with illustrations by Anare Somumu. It has 17 pages.

This book was written by Fijian teachers for teachers or parents - its intended use is in a classroom setting which is why it is A3 size with large font and bright illustrations. It can be placed on an easel in the front of the classroom and read to children who can view easily. It can also be enjoyed at home or anywhere outside of the classroom where children would want to read or hear Fijian stories.

O Ratou na Veitavaleni Book Description

Ilaisa and Isikeli are brothers. As Alena, their cousin, walks past them on their way to school; the boys easily notice the sweet fragrance of the oil Alena used that morning. So they ask Alena if they can be given the same strong scented oil.

When Alena comes home, she tells her mother, Mereseini, of the boys’ request. The next day, Saturday, the three watch as Alena’s mother, Mereseini, shows the different processes used in preparing a “makosoi” scented coconut oil. The boys are given a bottle of the makosoi scented oil and they are grateful to their aunt and cousin.

Strengthening of relationships (cross cousins & nephews and their paternal aunt), passing of Indigenous knowledge to the young generation, sharing of knowledge and resources are some values that we learn from this story.

IIS, RFTA & FTA - 10 books in the series

This series of 10 books has been put together by the Institute of Indigenous Studies (IIS) Fiji Ltd, which, in the main, is made up of RFTA (retired Fijian Teachers Association- teachers who have retired from teaching). RFTA is a Branch of Fijian Teachers Association, FTA.

All IIS books in this series

  • Na Keda Vuata - Our Fruits
  • Na Loga Ni Voivoi Nei Bubu Salote - The Pandanus Plantation of Grandmother Salote
  • Na Qoli Vonu - Catching Turtles
  • Jone Na Dautataro - Jone The Kind Considerate Boy
  • O Mosese Kei Viliame - Mosese & Viliame
  • Na Siganisucu Nei Marica - Marica’s Birthday
  • O Iratou Na Veitavaleni - The Three Cousins
  • O Tomu Kei Popi - Tom & Poppy
  • Na Volivolitaki Ena Makete - Selling at the Market
  • Na Sisi Ni Qele - Landslide

 

English notes that explain the illustrations and Fijian text

Page No. Fijian Book 'O Ratou na Veitavaleni - The Three Cousins' - Illustration Notes in English
Page 5: The 2 brothers, Ilaisa and Isikeli, are going to school.
Page 7: They wait outside Alena, their cousin’s house and urge her to hurry up. In reply Alena tells them that she is just putting on her favourite coconut oil and will be with them in a minute.
Page 9: Alena picks up her bag and rushes out past her 2 cousins. On smelling the sweet smell of the coconut oil from Alena, Isikeli asks her what kind of oil she has put on, and further asks if he can have a bottle of the same oil.
Page 11: When back at home, Alena relays the request from Isikeli to her mother Mereseini. Mereseini tells Alena that they can prepare the makosoi fragrant oil the next day, Saturday.
Page 13: It is Saturday. Mereseini and Alena sitting under the mango tree are teasing out makosoi flowers when Isikeli and Ilaisa arrive.
Page 15: Mereseini is transferring the concentrated coconut cream to another pot.
Page 17: The pot of concentrated coconut cream is allowed to boil slowly and Mereseini, with a coconut stem ladle, carefully stirs the mixture. The makosoi flowers are added and soon the place is filled with the sweet smell of the scented oil. The pot is set aside to cool. Ilaisa and Isikeli are given a bottle of the newly prepared oil.

 

Fiji Author - Late Tuipulotu Bulivou Vugakoto

From Tubou, Lakeba in Lau. She taught in many primary and secondary schools around Fiji. When she retired in 2000 she was the Senior Education Officer (Fijian language) in the Curriculum Development Unit of the Ministry of Education. After retirement, she continued helping children with their reading in both Fijian and English. In her final five years she joined the Institute of Indigenous Studies where she continued to write short stories for primary schools and played a key role in the promoting of language, culture and heritage issues. She obtained a B.A degree from USP.

Properties

ProductO Ratou na Veitavaleni - The Three Cousins
AuthorLate Mrs. Tuipulotu Vugakoto
ArtistAnare Somumu
LanguageFijian
Reading age8 years old
Number of Pages17
DimensionsA3 Size - 297 x 420 mm
CopyrightProduct images and text © My Fiji Store. Book © The Institute of Indigenous Studies, Fiji Ltd.
ISBN978-982-98210-3-4