I wanted to share with you today one of my favorite Hawaiian authors, Tammy Yee. Tammy grew up here on the island of Oahu and began writing and illustrating children's books in 1994. Her stories and illustrations capture the feel of island living.
A classic story that you will find in most island homes and libraries is Baby Honu's Incredible Journey.
This is a wonderful story about a baby honu (turtle), who faces many challenges on his journey to the sea. The author uses the Hawaiian names of each of the animals and has a glossary in the back of the book. After reading this book to my own children over and over growing up, they now refer to turtles as honu (ho-noo) and whales as kohola (koh-ho-lah).
In my class I have several of Tammy Yee's books and the children read them again and again.
The rich language and beautiful illustrations make these a wonderful addition to any library.
If you are interested in adding some Hawaiian language to your class, I have created this little mini Sea Creature book to help your students learn the Hawaiian names.
This is a printable book that you can print for each student, or just a few copies in class. You can download it by clicking on the picture or here from Google Docs.
I hope you will check out some of Tammy's books and take a mini trip to Hawaii.
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