|The Shark God, by Rafe Martin and David Shannon|
Written by Rafe Martin
Illustrated by David Shannon
Arthur A. Levine, Imprint of Scholastic Books, 2001
Ages 4-8, 370L
Folk Tales, Culture
It was long, long ago that two children, a brother and sister, tried to find someone to help them save a shark.
The Shark God is a retelling of an ancient Hawaiian fable, Kauhuhu The Shark God of Molokai.
Two children who live in a hard-hearted village save a shark from a slow death. In their excitement, they break a tribal law and are sentenced to execution. Their parents seek help from the powerful and frightening Kauhuhu. With his guidance, the children are freed and reunited with their family.
What I Love:
Master storyteller, Rafe Martin, has made this unusual tale accessible to modern readers and has tweaked the story to center on the children and to include a more concrete ending. With bold color and energetic illustrations, this Hawaiian folk tale leaps off the shelf. Kids will love the heroic nature of the sharks and the magical details.
While I planned to review a contemporary picture book featuring characters from an under-represented culture for Multicultural Children's Book Day, I couldn't resist this striking picture book with its rare tale of adventure and its strong theme of callousness vs. kindness.
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2. The University of Hawai'i at Manoa has created a detailed index of Shark god stories, compiled by the Hawai'i State Library.
3. DKFindOut! has created pages of Shark facts, or visit SharkSider for a compendium of sharks, detailed by species.
4. Make a shark-shaped cootie catcher origami with instructions from Easy Peasy and Fun.
5. Support Multicultural Children's Book Day and #ReadYourWorld. Find suggested reading, classroom kits, and more on their website.
6. Check out these and more Perfect Picture Books at your local library.
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