‘Ohana Means Family
Written by Ilima Loomis, Illustrated by Kenard Pak
The backmatter includes a glossary of Hawaiian terms used, as well as an author's note.
★ "The importance of this native Hawaiian tradition is revealed through Loomis' and Pak's textual and visual re-creations. The wind, the rain, the sun, the 'land that has never been sold, ' and the wise old hands that work the land show that family is one of many interconnected parts--plant, planet, human, the elements--each as important as the other. Pak's lovely, stylized watercolors bring readers close enough to see droplets on the roots of the kalo and then zoom out to see the whole sun-kissed island. Loomis writes in a gentle rhyme that undulates like the elements she describes so that readers will soon be murmuring along in sync. . . . this book does an admirable job of honoring the culture without cliché." --Booklist , Starred Review
★ "In this read-aloud, Loomis writes a beautiful homage to kalo, a cornerstone of the culture and livelihood of the Hawaiian people. The poetic text combines with Pak's breathtaking illustrations to depict kalo's embodiment of the strong connection between land, water, air, sun, and the people. With his layered, textured paintings, Pak creates both beautiful pictures of the kalo and stunning panoramas of the community. A note on kalo and poi, an author's note, and a glossary are provided to explain the importance of the elements of this story. An incredible book to share with every member of your 'ohana."-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review