My Kalo Has Lau, Big and Green

My Kalo Has Lau, Big and Green

$16.95

By Aaron Mahi, George Kuo, and Pua Aquino | Hardcover with CD

Gazing at the big, green lau in her kalo patch, a young girl recounts with pride how her kalo is nourished by the sun, rain and earth. She notes the fluttering of the leaves and the drops of rain that roll into the mud as she joyfully observes nature all around her. We see generations of her family unite to huki the kalo, peel off the skin with ‘opihi shells, and make pa‘i ‘ai, which in turn becomes the poi at their table. Written in a mix of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and English, My Kalo has Lau, Big and Green is a great story to teach little ones about the natural world using landscapes, family models, and words that are familiar to them (or a great way to introduce them to words they aren’t familiar with!). Plus, there are extended learning activities that teach math, science, language and literacy, and Hawaiian culture. AND there’s an accompanying CD if you want to listen to the story in song! —Kristen Namba Reed, bookseller at Da Shop: Books + Curiosities