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Book gives child's view of tsunami
The 1946 tsunami at Laupahoehoe Point is seen through a child's eyes in the generational tale, "The Tsunami Quilt" (Sleeping Bear Press, hardcover, $17.95).
Honolulu artist Tammy Yee illustrated the book, which was written by Anthony D. Fredericks, a Pennsylvania-based writer who is a frequent Hawaii visitor.
It tells of young Kimo, who learns that his grandfather saw his own brother swept to sea in the tsunami. The huge waves took the lives of 24 students and teachers from the Laupahoehoe school.
"Your grandfather ran up the road to the cliffs with all the power in his legs," Kimo's father tells him. "He stopped and turned to see people tossed around like dolls. He stared as classmates were sucked into the ocean beyond the shoreline. He heard their cries and screams."
Heavy stuff for a children's book, but it ends in the spirit of healing and remembrance, as Kimo's father takes him to see the memorial quilt at the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo.
Find "The Tsunami Quilt" in bookstores or online at www.sleepingbearpress.com.
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