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Selafina - Catherine Hannken

APA Citation:

Hannken, C., & Bowles, T. (2003). Selafina. Wellington: Mallinson Rendel.



Nana is coming from Samoa especially for Selafina's birthday. Selafina is so excited and as a special welcome she wants to dance the siva. Can she learn the dance and overcome her own shyness in time for the big day? This is a heart-warming picture book about the bond between generations in a multi-cultural family.


Author Information:

Born and raised in Auckland, Catherine Hannken writes children's books. She attended the University of Auckland and since 1990 has worked as a primary school teacher. Hannken’s first book Selafina was selected as a Notable Book in the Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand Awards and was also short-listed in the Picture Book Category of the 2004 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.



Shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Children's Picture Book of the Year 2004.


Target Audience: PreK- 3rd grade. 


Genre: Picture book/ Fiction


Interest: Samoan culture, coming of age, family ties, traditions, emotions.