It's Only Ink! The Sleeping Giant
It's Only Ink!
The Sleeping Giant
Do you enjoy hearing folktale retellings? "The Sleeping Giant: A Tale From Kaua'i" by Edna Cabcabin Moran is the story of how the mountain Nounou near Wailua and Kapa'a (A mountain that looks like the outstretched body of a sleeping giant.) on the island of Kaua'i came to be. The ka'ao--a fanciful tale--blends elements of the enchanted akua theme with the Hawaiian oli.
The folklore talks about an enchanted fish that was caught on Kaua'i that grows until it becomes a giant man. The villagers struggle with trying to feed the picky giant who will only eat poi. They worked and worked trying to keep the giant happy--but they had no luck, until one young girl offered him oli. The giant filled his giant belly with oli and fell fast asleep.
The full color hand drawn illustrations, also by the author, add magic and beauty to each page.
"The Sleeping Giant: A Tale From Kaua'i" by Edna Cabcabin Moran would work wonderfully in a classroom setting and should be available to all school-aged children. This reviewer and her children highly recommends Moran's splendid tale.
The Sleeping Giant: A Tale From Kaua'i Retold & Illustrated by Edna Cabcabin Moran
Published by: BeachHouse Publishing, www.beachhousepublishing.com
Release: October 2006
Reviewed by: Jennifer LB Leese
Jennifer LB Leese is a writer from Maryland who writes children's picture books, young adult novels, and paranormal fiction. Visit her online at: www.geocities.com/ladyjiraff