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Hula Lullaby Hardcover – May 18, 2005


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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-The sights and sounds of Hawaii are brought to life in this gentle picture book. Surrounded by hula dancers and native musicians, a little girl is lulled to sleep in her mother's lap under a starry sky. Hawaiian words are interwoven into the rhyming verses that describe the glow of the firelight, the movement of the dancers, and the rhythm of the instruments. A brief foreword defines the unfamiliar vocabulary and outlines the "Aloha Spirit." Lovely, lush paintings reminiscent of Paul Gauguin's Tahitian period illustrate the story. The design of many of the spreads effectively conveys a sense of flowing movement consistent with the motion and music portrayed. While this title is eminently suitable as a bedtime story, it could also be used with classes that are studying Hawaii.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. At sunset, a Hawaiian girl climbs into her mother's lap, and together they watch hula dancers as they listen to the music of traditional drums and rattles. As night falls, the mother tells her child of the mountain in the distance, the animals nearby, and the palm trees swaying above them. The rhyming text becomes almost hypnotic as night deepens around the two and, finally, the girl falls asleep. Glowing with warm colors, which seem all the more brilliant in the night scenes, the gouache-and-pencil illustrations create an idyllic vision of Hawaiian culture. The repetition of rounded forms reflects the rhythmic pattern of the verse. An affectionate, even musical bedtime book. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316735914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316735919
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Erin is an award winning author and illustrator. She grew up in Iowa and then spent a bunch of years wandering around the world. These days, Erin lives in Palos Verdes, CA with her husband, daughter, dog, hamster, and the neighborhood's wild Peacock. Erin's books include: CATERINA AND THE LEMONADE STAND (Dial 2014), CATERINA AND THE PERFECT PARTY (Dial 2013), HULA LULLABY, (Little Brown 2005) which won the Children's Literature Council's Excellence in a Picture Book Award and was named "Best Lullaby and Goodnight Book" by Nick Jr. Magazine; She co-authored/illustrated THE TWELVE DAYS OF WISCONSIN CHRISTMAS (Sterling 2007). She also illustrated STAR BABY by Margaret O'Hair (Clarion 2005) named on the Center for Early Literacy's "Best Book for Babies" top ten list, and was a top ten pick for ABCs Best book for Babies and Toddlers. NELLIE AND THE BANDIT by Eileen Ross (FSG 2005), PASSOVER by Roni Schotter (Little, Brown 2006), PUNK WIG by Lori Reis (Boyds Mills 2008) a Bank Street College of Education "Best Book of the Year", and GRANDMOTHER HAVE THE ANGELS COME? by Denise Vega (Little, Brown 2009

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A reader on November 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Great new author. This book is absolutely wonderful. The writing and paintings are excellent. Wherever you live, the story will immediately bring you and your child the tranquility of Hawaiian night. Lovely! I hope to see more children's books from Ms. Kono soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger Kelly on August 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Excellence in a Picture Book" award-winner 2006 from the Children's Literature Council of Southern California!

This book is beautiful, sweet, lush, and the lines and colors are flowing and musical. A visual treat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim Peek on November 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A young girl cuddles in her mother's lap and falls asleep to the soothing sights and sounds of this Hawaiian lullaby.

Extraordinary Hawaiian pictures and a soothing lullaby rhythm make this an excellent bedtime selection. Descriptive language and sensory details work with the illustrations to transport the reader to a Hawaiian dream land.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nia VINE VOICE on July 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This beautifully illustrated book of Hawaii is a joy to loo upon and enjoy. It illustrates the beauty of Hawaii. Little Keiki (child) is shown to appreciate the magnificence of the Aloha way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Surfergirl on May 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because my daughters name is Hawaiian & I thought it would be a nice gift for her Christening.
She is now 2 year old & loves this book! She calls it the "Keiki book"!
She even recites "Come little Keiki, snuggle in my lap,listen to the ipu, thump tap..thumpa tap"
It has the most beautiful illustrations & soothing words that will get everyone in the mood for a snuggle!
Enjoy!
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By Napua Kahawaiolaa on January 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In Hawaii like the book says the warm breeze often carries the sound of the ocean waves, the rustling leaves, and the rythmic chants of the hula. Sometimes when you rock you child in your arms you tend to sing to that child until they fall asleep. This story takes you through all the different implements the ipu, the drums, puili's, and the rythmic melody being sung by keiki's mother to put them to sleep.
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