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Good Night Hawaii (Good Night Our World) Board book – May 1, 2007
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About the Author
Adam Gamble, is a writer, a photographer, and a publisher. He is the author of many books in the Good Night Books series, In the Footsteps of Thoreau, and A Public Betrayed. He lives in Sandwich, MA.
Illustrator Joe Veno's artwork encompasses many areas, from children's books and games to multidimensional sculptures. He has illustrated many of the best-selling books in the Good Night Books series, including Good Night Boston, Good Night New York City, Good Night Chicago, and others.
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to share what they experienced in Hawaii
We just received our first two of these books yesterday, and I noticed that both follow a natural rhythm through the day as well as through the state. The pages begin with phrases such as "good morning, ____"; progress to "hello, ______" and "greetings, _____"; and continue on through "good evening" and "good night". By the end of the book, the reader enjoys a true sense of the state as well as a relaxed, good-night frame of mind. The illustrations are superb, including endless subtle details so characteristic of each state but without being overwhelming for young readers.
"Good Night, Hawaii" is outstanding! It mentions the following: the Pacfic, humpback whales, lei, surfing, mountains, waterfalls, sea turtles and coral reefs, dolphins, beaches and horseback riding. Then we are treated to the island fruits, flowers, conch shells, hulas, luaus, geckos and volcanos, and finally Waikiki Beach and the Observatory. The Hawaii illustrations includes rainbows, shave ice, pineapples, and hibiscus as supporting details for the text. ('Gecko' is misspelled, but the authors are fixing it.)
This is an outstanding series for any child, as it celebrates different cities or regions and helps familiarize them with places beyond their own environments. It is an ideal way to discuss where extended family live or to prepare for a visit or move to another area.
My daughter, a military baby, will be moving to her third home (and third continent) this fall, all before her third birthday. I bought the Hawaii and Virginia books as a way to celebrate and say goodbye to our current home as well as to prepare and familiarize her a bit with the one we're heading to. With all the chaos and change, these books are a beautiful, gentle way to bridge the transition and make the journey a little more approachable for a young one.
Thanks, Mr. Gamble and Mr. Veno, for a great addition to a child's library. Keep 'em coming!!!