New releases from Hawaii authors
"From Aloha to Zippy's"
Design by Carol Colbath, Bess Press. $14.95
This little hardcover book is designed to teach toddlers and preschoolers the alphabet using images familiar to them. To encourage active learning, each features a secret door with a hidden object for the child to discover. Photos of objects and activities familiar to Hawaii toddlers fill this early-learning board book that will provide hours of entertainment for keiki and their caregivers.
"The Musubi Baby"
By Sandi Takayama, illustrated by Pat Hall, Bess Press. $10.95
This hardcover book is also intended for small children. In the third series of entertaining tales about the musubi man, the musubi baby perplexes his parents, famous for their running, by moving at his own slow pace. In the end, he and his parents teach each other some valuable lessons. Author Sandi Takayama has been a school librarian for 15 years, and illustrator Pat Hall has been a professional artist since 1963.