Sunday, September 8, 2002

New releases from Hawaii authors

Mahalo e Grandpa
by Kimo Armitage,
illustrated by Scott Kaneshiro
(Island Heritage $9.99)

The Stowaway Fairy
Goes to Japan,

by Mary Koski
(Island Heritage, $12.99)

Momi Tropical Water

by Yuko Green
(Island Heritage, $9.99)

Reviewed by Burl Burlingame

Here's a grab bag of kids' books from Island Heritage, a company that has made a specialty of appealing to pre-adult readers. "Grandpa" teaches the importance of passing down cultural heritages through familial ties. Momi the Hawaiian mermaid plays in the ocean with a variety of creatures hidden behind flaps in the book. And the frankly odd Stowaway Fairy, who resides in Vermont (!), is bored after traveling to Hawaii and goes for a visit to Japan, where she meets Japanese fairies (their butterfly wings are color-coordinated with their kimono) and learns the value of getting along with others. The fairy also resembles Britney Spears, which is somewhat disconcerting.

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