SEU AND THE RAFFLED BIRDCATCHER
Lafulafu a tama seugogo is an old Samoan proverb that teaches the importance of not judging another person by his or her appearance alone. For Seu, a blind girl facing discrimination at school, the proverb is inspirational. When told she cannot enter a short story competition because she is blind, Seu’s grandfather tells her the extraordinary tale of a moss-ridden bird catcher, her ancestor, who turns out to be much more than he first appears.
Seu too has more to offer than the people of her village expect. With new-found confidence and the help of her albino cousin, a lonely boy who lives in the forest, she devises a clever plan to enter the competition.
Author: Galumanemana Steven Percival
Illustration: Kate Delaney
This book was first published with the generous support of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for the Pacific based in Suva, Fiji.