2 new tales for the keiki


POSTED: Sunday, August 23, 2009


Dr. Carolan and his wife, Joanna, have added two new read-along CD books to their collection. “;This is my Piko”; and “;Old Makana Had a Taro Farm”; follow their first CD book, “;Goodnight Hawaiian Moon,”; which featured Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom.

As in all their books, the illustrations are colorful and vibrant. Readers can see how Joanna's artistry has evolved and become more refined, compared with illustrations in the Carolans' first three books, “;B Is for Beach: An Alphabet Book,”; “;Ten Days in Hawaii: A Counting Book”; and “;Where Are My Slippers? A Book of Colors.”; Dr. Carolan continues to entertain with his rhymes and, as with all their other books, children learn Hawaiian words along the way.





        ”;Old Makana Had a Taro Farm”;

”;This is My Piko”;


» By Dr. Carolan, illustrated by Joanna F. Carolan


» Publisher: Banana Patch


» $17.95 each




In “;This Is My Piko,”; readers learn Hawaiian words for parts of the kino (body). Singer and songwriter Napua Greig narrates and at the end of the story sings a song encompassing all the body parts. She is backed by Ken Emerson on slack-key guitar and ukulele, and Pancho Graham on string bass.

“;Old Makana Had a Taro Farm”; is sung by Willie K and Eric Gilliom. Like “;Old MacDonald Had a Farm,”; there are cows (pipi wahine) and pigs (pua'a) that go moo moo here and oink oink there, but there are also poloka (frogs), nene (Hawaiian geese) and an 'iole li'ili'i (mouse). The song also has verses that tell about Makana planting taro in the lo'i (pond fields) and harvesting the taro to make poi.

Both books are great for children. Adults, too, will enjoy reading the books to their kids or having the option of popping in the CD for the young ones to follow along.

Banana Patch Press