|The soothing Hula Lullaby|
Written and illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Come Little Keiki
Crawl into my lap
Listen to the ipu
Thump tap thump-a-tap
Bedtime in the islands is the obvious theme of this rhyming bedtime book. The musical refrain and lilting verses weave Hawaiian words seamlessly into the text. The little girl is lulled to sleep surrounded by all that is beautiful in Hawaiian culture.
What I Love:
I 've been waiting all summer to share this book with you all!. I fell in love with it from page one. The book is filled with cultural references and vocabulary. For example, a pahu is a drum with sharkskin. This book is so lovely, I had to read it twice in a row. The rhymes are so soothing it almost cannot be read silently. The illustrations are lush and colorful and stylized. Hula Lullaby makes a beautiful gift book and one I'd like to have on my shelves permanently though my children are long past lullabies.
|Starring Q'orianka Kilcher|
1. There are some activity pages on Erin's site.
2. Learn more about Hawaiian culture at HawaiiHistory.org
3. Get tips to do the Hula at Hula Dance HQ
4. Discover Polynesian recipes from Taro Brand Foods.
5. Have you seen the film Princess Kai'ulani?
6. Experiment with traditional Hawaiin musical instruments, even make your own versions.
7. Look for these other related Perfect Picture Books at your local library.
Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday
for October3, 2014, available on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog
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