Wednesday, November 7, 2012

President Obama is A President from Hawaii

Kauai Author, Joanna Carolan gives us this beautifully illustrated book about a president from Hawaii. This is not a political book, instead it is a book about Hawaii, its history, culture and values. President Obama experienced these same cultural nuances and values while growing up in the Aloha State. For those of you looking to teach your children about Hawaii and about the president, this book is a great way to start. The collage illustrations include photos of the president as a child, mixed in with original art in bold, bright colors and attractive layouts that are sure to keep your child's attention.

Some of the values that are covered in this book are those of Kuleana, Malama and Kokua which help teach children lessons of responsibility, and stewardship, while simultaneously introducing Hawaiian language. Other parts of Hawaiian cultural that are addressed like shave ice, plate lunches and Hawaiian Lei are as colorful as the illustrations in the book and as diverse as the people that live here.

The book comes with an audio CD featuring award-winning Hawaiian recording artists Amy Hanaialii and Kelii Kanealii. In addition to the narration of the book, the CD includes oli (Hawaiian chant) by Kumu Hula Healani Youn, and the song "These Islands" which Amy Hanaialii recorded exclusively for the book.

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