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 PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved