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Leaves of the Banyan Tree

Leaves of the Banyan Tree - Albert Wendt

APA Citation: 

Wendt, A. (1991). Leaves of the Banyan tree. Auckland: Penguin Books.

 

Annotation: 

An epic spanning three generations, Leaves of the Banyan Tree tells the story of a family and community in Western Samoa, exploring on a grand scale such universal themes as greed, corruption, colonialism, exploitation, and revenge. Winner of the 1980 New Zealand Wattie Book of the Year Award, it is considered a classic work of Pacific literature.

 

Author Information: 

he best-known writer from the South Pacific, Albert Wendt was born into a Samoan family. He left Samoa in 1952 to attend a high school in New Zealand as a scholarship student. He later received an M.A. in history from Victoria University in Wellington. After teaching at universities in Fiji and Samoa, Wendt now holds a professorship of Pacific studies at Auckland University. Wendt is the product of two cultures---the Samoan of his childhood and the European of his education. 

 

Awards: 1980 New Zealand Wattie Book of the Year Award

 

Target Audience: Young Adult 

 

Genre: Literature and Fiction

 

Interest: Samoan culture, traditions, immigration, family ties, 

Little Chamorrita , Did I tell You?

Little Chamorrita, Did I Tell You? - Mary C. Aflague, Gerard V Aflague

APA Citation: 

Aflague, M. C. (2014). Little Chamorrita, Did I Tell You? CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
 

Annotation: 

This is a children's story of love told by a parent to a little girl or little Chamorrita as they are known in the Pacific Islands of the Marianas. This title uses colorful tropical illustrations to communicate the deep love one has for their little Chamorrita. Using a repeating pattern that reads "Little Chamorrita, did I tell you?", little Chamorritas everywhere will be inspired and understand true island-inspired love.

 

Author Information: 

Mary Aflague was born and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam. As a long-time educator in Guam, Virginia, and Colorado, she is fulfilling her life-long dream of writing books. Mary spends her spare time reading, hiking, and traveling. She works with Gerard, husband and co-author and illustrator, and her children to create simple yet fun titles for children to enjoy.

 

Awards: N/A

 

Target Audience: PreK- 3rd grade

 

Genre: Children's Picture Book/ Fiction

 

Interest: Chamorro culture, traditions, language, images, family expression. 

Maui and the Big Fish

Maui And The Big Fish - Katarina Mataira

APA Citation: 

Wilson, B. K., & Lessac, F. (2003). Maui and the big fish: A Polynesian creation myth. London: Frances Lincoln.

 

Annotation: 
In this delightful myth telling how the Polynesian islands were formed, little Maui Topknot outwits his big brothers, catches the biggest fish in the ocean and earns the title Maui of the Thousand Tricks.
 
Author Information: 
BARBARA KER WILSON received the Dromkeen medal for contributions to Australian children's literature in 2000. She has written more than 40 books for adults and children. Her Frances Lincoln books include The Turtle and the Island and Wishbones FRANE LESSAC's award winning books include The Chalk Doll by Charlotte Pomerantz, Caribbean Carnival, with songs by Irving Burgie, Wonderful Towers of Watts, written by Patricia Zelver, Not a Copper Penny, by Monica Gunning, and The Distant Talking Drum. The Turtle and the Island was her first book for Frances Lincoln, followed by Eric Maddern's The Fire Children, selected as one of Junior Education's Best Books of the Year in 1993 and as one of the Children's Books of the Year in 1994. 
 
Awards: N/A
 
Target Audience: Grades PerK- 3. 
 
Genre: Mythology/ Folklore? Picture Book
 
Interest: Hawaiian culture, mythology, traditions and family. 

Cutting Toddy in Kiribati

Cutting Toddy in Kiribati - Tebuai Uaai,  Buatia Kauea

APA Citation: 

Uaai, T., Kauea, B., & Uaai, T. (1987). Cutting toddy in Kiribati. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Education, University of the South Pacific.

 

Annotation: 
Toddy is the traditional drink of the Micronesian Islands of the Pacific, including Kiribati. The cutting of toddy as such becomes a ritual, with much preparation and fanfare going into it. Uaai takes us through the ritual of cutting toddy.
 
Author Information: 
Tebuai Uaai is a native Fijian, who shares the ritual of cutting toddy in a low reader text for many audiences. 
 
Awards: N/A
 
Target Audience: Middle Grades/ Young adult
 
Genre: Nonfiction/ Informational
 
Interest: Fiji, Micronesian culture, traditions, food, and rituals

Selafina

Selafina - Catherine Hannken

APA Citation:

Hannken, C., & Bowles, T. (2003). Selafina. Wellington: Mallinson Rendel.

 

Annotation: 

Nana is coming from Samoa especially for Selafina's birthday. Selafina is so excited and as a special welcome she wants to dance the siva. Can she learn the dance and overcome her own shyness in time for the big day? This is a heart-warming picture book about the bond between generations in a multi-cultural family.

 

Author Information:

Born and raised in Auckland, Catherine Hannken writes children's books. She attended the University of Auckland and since 1990 has worked as a primary school teacher. Hannken’s first book Selafina was selected as a Notable Book in the Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand Awards and was also short-listed in the Picture Book Category of the 2004 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.

 

Awards:

Shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Children's Picture Book of the Year 2004.

 

Target Audience: PreK- 3rd grade. 

 

Genre: Picture book/ Fiction

 

Interest: Samoan culture, coming of age, family ties, traditions, emotions. 

Where We Once Belonged

Where We Once Belonged - Sia Figiel

APA Citation: 

Figiel, S. (1999). Where we once belonged. New York, NY: Kaya.
 
Annotation: 
The first time a novel by a Samoan woman has been published in the United States. Figiel uses the traditional Samoan storytelling form of su'ifefiloi to talk back to Western anthropological studies on Samoan women and culture. Told in a series of linked episodes, this powerful and highly original narrative follows thirteen-year-old Alofa Filiga as she navigates the mores and restrictions of her village and comes to terms with her own search for identity. A story of Samoan PUBERTY BLUES, in which Gauguin is dead but Elvis lives on -- Vogue Australia. A storytelling triumph -- Elle Australia
 
Author Information: 
Sia Figiel grew up amidst traditional Samoan singing and poetry, which heavily influenced her writing. Figiel's greatest influence and inspiration in her career is the Samoan novelist and poet, Albert Wendt. Her formal schooling was conducted in Samoa and New Zealand where she also began a Bachelor of Arts, which was later completed at Whitworth College (United States). She has travelled in Europe and completed writers' residencies at the University of the South PacificSuva, and the University of Technology, Sydney. Unfortunately, Sia Figel lost both parents to complications with diabetes. She too was diagnosed with diabetes 13 years ago.
 
Awards: 
1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for fiction, South East Asia/South Pacific region
 
Target Audiences: Adolescent literature
 
Genre: Fiction
 
Interest: Samoan culture, coming of age, identity, 

Island of Shattered Dreams

Island of Shattered Dreams - Chantal T. Spitz, Jean Anderson

APA Citation: 

Spitz, C. T., & Anderson, J. (2007). Island of shattered dreams. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia.

 

Annotation: 
Island of Shattered Dreams is the first ever novel by an indigenous Tahitian writer. In a lyrical and immensely moving style, this book combines a family saga and a doomed love story, set against the background of French Polynesia.
 
Author Information:
Chantal Spitz is the best-known of Tahiti's indigenous writers and the author of two novels and a collection of essays. She is a founding member of the literary review Litterama'ohi, of which she is currently editor. Jean Anderson is Programme Director for French at Victoria University of Wellington. She has co-translated into French works by several New Zealand writers including Patricia Grace and Janet Frame.
 
Awards: N/A
 
Target Audience: Young Adult
 
Genre: Fiction/ Historical Fiction
 
Interest: Tahitian history, culture, family ties, coming of age, 

One Boy, No Water

One Boy, No Water - Lehua Parker

APA Citation: 

Parker, L., & Egbert, C. (n.d.). One boy, no water.

 

Annotation: 

11 year old Alexander Kaonakai Westin--Zader for short--is allergic to water. One drop on his skin sears like white-hot lava. Too bad a lifetime of carrying an umbrella and staying away from the beach isn't the answer, especially when his popular almost twin brother Jay looks destined to become the next Hawaiian surfing sensation

 

Author Information: 

LEHUA PARKER is the award-winning author of the Niuhi Shark Saga trilogy for MG/YA readers, Lauele Town Stories, and other horror and speculative works for adults. Originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, after a lifetime of travel and adventure, she is currently a business and training consultant, author, editor, public speaker, and soccer mom--not necessarily in that order. Trained in literary criticism and an advocate of indigenous cultural narratives and diversity in literature, she is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums. Connect with her at www.LehuaParker.com.

 

Awards: 

American Book award

 

Target audience: Grades 4-8 ages 9-11

 

Genre: Juvenile Fiction/ Adventure and Fantasy

 

Interest: Hawaiian language, culture ,coming of age, magic, and folklore

Moon Mangoes

Moon Mangoes - Lindy Shapiro, Kathleen Peterson

APA Citation: 

Shapiro, L. (2011). Moon mangoes. Beachhouse Pub Llc.

 

Annotation:
The moon is full and shining on a mango tree heavy with fruit. Beneath its leaves sits a little blue house, and beneath its eaves, sits little Anuenue and her mama. On magical Hawaiian nights such as this, thoughts take flight.Gazing at the mango tree, Anu asks her mama: "What if I ate up all those mangoes one by one, and I got so full of them that I turned into a mango tree?" Capturing the spirit of every child's imagination and combined yearning for and fear of independence, Moon Mangoes explores the "What if" back and forth exchange between a child and parent, and captures that magical before-bedtime hour when anything is possible and love is constant.
 
Author Information: 
Lindy Shapiro is an educator who's been sharing stories with children for many years. In 2006, she founded Bodhi Education Project, a nonprofit that promotes awareness of the human experience and understanding of cultures, allowing people to connect with their world and, in turn, share responsibility in taking care of it. She's pretty sure she has the most amazing job on the planet. She's inspired every day by the children she teaches. Shapiro lives on Maui with her husband, their two children, their dog Clementine, and a chameleon named Puaa.
 
Awards: N/A
 
Target Audience: PreK- 3rd grade. 
 
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
 
Interest: Hawaiian culture, family interactions, love, children's inquisitive nature. 

Surfer of the Century

Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku - Ellie Crowe

APA Citation: 

Crowe, E., & Waldrep, R. (2007). Surfer of the century: The life of Duke Kahanamoku. New York: Lee & Low Books.

 

Annotation: 

Growing up in Honolulu with the Pacific Ocean as his backyard, Duke Kahanamoku learned to swim and surf at a young age. By his early twenties, Duke's lightning-fast swimming won him a place on the 1912 United States Olympic team and a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle race. Over the years Duke struggled with racism and financial troubles, but by the end of his twenty-year Olympic career, he was a six-time medal winner. Although a swimming champion, Duke's passion was surfing. He traveled the world, introducing surfboarding to Australia and the east and west coasts of the United States. Considered the father of modern surfing, Duke spread his love of the ocean and Hawai'i wherever he went. Throughout his life Duke Kahanamoku was beloved for his modesty, sportsmanship, and amazing skill in the water. Today he remains a legendary waterman and an inspiration to all to live life with aloha. aloha: love, kindness, grace, affection, compassion; also traditional Hawaiian greeting or farewell. 

 

Author Information: 

Ellie Crowe is an award-winning author of some 24 published books. She was born in South Africa and lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and Santa Barbara, California. Her books on the culture and history of Hawaii include Exploring Lost Hawaii, Places of Power, History, Mystery and Magic, Kamehameha, the Boy who became a Warrior King, recipient of the HVCB Kahili Award for Literary Arts in 2004, and Surfer of the Century, the Life of Duke Kahanamoku, recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance Once Upon a World Award in Children's Literature in 2008. Her first book, The Little Princess Kaiulani, is included in a time capsule in the grounds of the Princess Victoria Kaiulani Elementary School, Honolulu.

 

Awards: 

Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance Once Upon a World Award in Children's Literature in 2008.

 

Target Audience: Grade Level Equivalence 5.9, interest level grades  3-7

 

Genre: Biography/ Nonfiction

 

Interest: Sports, Hawaiian culture, overcoming diversity, Olympic sports, surfing, history

Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home - Youme Landowne

APA Citation: 

Y., & Kouanchao, M. (2010). Mali under the night sky: A Lao story of home. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.

 

Annotation: 

The true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the war began, Mali lived an idyllic life in a community where she felt safe and was much loved. But the coming war caused her family to flee to another country and a life that was less than ideal. What did she carry with her? She carried her memories. And they in turn carried her across the world, sharing where she is from and all that she loves with the people she meets.

 

Author Information: 

Youme Landowne is an energetic and joyful painter, book artist, and activist who thrives in the context of public art. Youme has lived in and learned from the United States, Kenya, Japan, Laos, Haiti, and Cuba. In all of these places, she has worked with communities and individuals to make art that honors personal and cultural wisdom, creating community murals, illustrating tiny books, and teaching poetry in schools.

 

Awards: 

2011 Skipping Stones honor book

 

Target Audience: Grades 4-8 

 

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

 

Interest: Laotian history, culture, refugee, immigration, prisoner of war. 

Kancil and the Crocodiles

Kancil and the Crocodiles: A Tale from Malaysia - Noreha Yussof Day

APA Citation: 

Day, N. Y., & Teckentrup, B. (1996). Kancil and the crocodiles: A tale from Malaysia. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

 

Annotation: 

On a hot, sunny day, Kancil the mousedeer and his best frind, Kura-Kura the turtoise, spot a tree full of ripe, juicy fruit that would be the perfect snack to satisfy their thirst. The only problem is, the tree is on the other side of a crocodile-infested river. Can crafty Kancil trick the hungry crocodiles into helping them cross the river? Full color.

 

Author Information: 

Noreha Yussof Day is a published author of children's books. A published credit of Noreha Yussof Day is Kancil and the Crocodiles: A Tale from Malaysia.

 

Awards: N/A

 

Target Audience: Children's Literature, PreK-4th

 

Genre: Folklore

 

Interest: Malaysian Culture, folklore, moral, values, story telling.  

The carpet Boy's Gift

The Carpet Boy's Gift - Pegi Deitz Shea, Leane Morin

APA Citation: 

Shea, P. D., & Morin, L. (2003). The carpet boy's gift. Gardiner, Me.: Tilbury House.

 

Annotation: 

Nadeem and his fellow workers are bonded laborers, children who work day and night to pay off loans their families have accepted from a factory owner. Although Nadeem and his cousin Amina take pride in helping their poor families, they yearn to go to school ant to have time to play. One day a former carpet boy named Iqbal Masih leads a parade in the village. New laws have abolished bonded labor! Iqbal urges Nadeem to fight for freedom and to lead the children to a new school in town. This fictional story honors the legacy of Iqbal Masih, a real boy who escaped from a factory and worked to liberate child workers like Nameem by the thousands. Resources at the end of the story lead to more information about child labor issues and encourage children to support companies that work to make the world a better place for all.

 

Author Information: 

Pegi Deitz Shea, a recipient of the Connecticut Book Award, has written many children's books. She lives in Rockville, Connecticut. Her web site is www.pegideitzshea.com.

Morin is a self-taught illustrator.

 

Target Audience: Grades 4-8 4.6 reading level equivalence. 

 

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

 

Interest: grades 3-6, Pakistani culture, child labor, coming of age, 

 

Filipino Celebrations

Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals - Liana Romulo, Corazon Dandan-Albano

APA Citation: 

Romulo, L., & Dandan-Albano, C. (2011). Filipino celebrations. Tokyo: Tuttle Pub.

 

Annotation: 

Brimming with vivid illustrations and rich cultural background, Filipino Celebrations brings to life the festivals and celebrations of this diverse island nation. Each chapter discusses the history of the holiday; its cultural influences; how certain holidays are celebrated differently in different regions of the Philippines; special customs, foods, key words and phrases associated with the festivals; and more.

 

Author Information: 

She lives in the Philippines but likes to wander the world, and has lived in Thailand, Belgium, and the United States. The pieces she writes for this site give her immense satisfaction, though she has also published half a dozen books for kids.

 

Awards: N/A

 

Target Audience: Prek-3rd grade

 

Genre: Children's Picture Book/ Nonfiction

 

Interest: Filipino culture, traditions, food, celebrations, language, and history. 

 

Written in the Sky

Written in the Sky - Matthew Kaopio

APA Citation: 

Kaopio, M. (2005). Written in the sky. Honolulu: Mutual Pub.

 

Annotation: 

A young abandoned Hawaiian boy, living among the homeless in Ala Moana Park, spends his days observing tourists, swimming in the ocean and rummaging in the trash. At first glance there is nothing special about young Ikauikalani, till you learn he can see the future in the movements of the clouds. Following directions received from his deceased grandmother, Ikau sets off on a journey of self-discovery releasing his past and helping him to understand his own future.

 

Author Information: 

Matthew Kaopio, Jr. was born in Kailua, Hawaii on April 28, 1972. Since childhood, he enjoyed art and drawing. On August 17, 1994 his life was forever changed as result of a swimming accident that left him severly paralyzed as a C-4 quadriplegic. He was 22 years old. Kaopio says he was devastated and depressed, feeling like he would never be able to draw or paint another picture again. But while recovering at the Rehabilititaion Hospital of the Pacific, Kaopio was introducted to mouthpainting by MFPA student member David Kaaihue.

 

Awards: N/A

 

Target Audience: Young Adult

 

Genre: Fiction

 

Interest: Hawaiian culture, mythology, heritage, customs, loss, overcoming diversity, coming of age. 

Minerva Reef

Minerva Reef - Olaf Ruhen

APA Citation: 

Ruhen, O. (1964). Minerva Reef. Boston: Little, Brown.

 

Annotation:

Semi-fictionalised account of the wreck of the Tongan ship Tuiakaepau on Minerva Reef in 1962.

 

Author Information: 

Olaf Ruhen was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1911 and served with the RNZAF during the Second World War. In 1947 he moved to Sydney and worked as a journalist for eight years. He became established as a freelance writer during the 1950s, having a number of short stories published in the Saturday evening post. From then until his death in 1989 he published a prolific quantity of documentary and fictional writing, based largely on his extensive travels in Australia, New Guinea and the South Pacific.

 

Awards: N/A

 

Target Audience: Young Adult

 

Genre: Journal, nonfiction

 

Interest: Sea life, survival, Pacific Island geography,