New releases from Hawaii authors
"Wordsworth Dances the Waltz"
By Frances H. Kakugawa; illustrated by Melissa DeSica
(Watermark Publishing, $10.95)
In this new hardcover children's book, readers are introduced to the concept that as grandparents age, they might become different. The story centers around Wordsworth, a little Hawaiian mouse, and his grandma. The writing is clever and the illustrations are expertly done.
"Over on the Island"
By Yuko Green and Sarah Tupou
(Island Heritage Publishing, $9.95)
This is another hardcover children's book with a local subject matter. Young readers learn about the creatures that live in the Hawaiian Islands and in the sea while they practice their numbers to the tune of "Over the Meadow." The illustrations are bright and colorful, and young readers should be entertained by the text.