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Island animals help keiki learn in Hawaii books


    “Ocean Friends 1-2-3” by Kevin Teruya, left, and “Nap Time By the Sea” by Ellie Crowe.

“Nap Time By the Sea” by Ellie Crowe (Island Heritage, $9.95) features an array of Hawaii’s sea creatures as they settle down to take a rest. Repetition and rhyme will hold youngsters’ attention as they watch octopi, booby birds, dolphins, seals, parrotfish, crabs, turtles and sea cucumbers prepare for sleep.

The board book’s lively illustrations are provided by Kristi Petosa-Sigel, a Kailua resident and an art teacher at Ka‘ohao Public Charter School (formerly Lanikai Elementary School).

“Ocean Friends 1-2-3” by Kevin Teruya (Island Heritage, $13.95) is a counting book that’s presented in English, Hawaiian and Japanese. A young monk seal counts his friends, a variety of sea creatures. Each page includes the text in the three languages with the Japanese text printed in hiragana and katakana characters.

Teruya grew up on Oahu and has fond memories of diving and spearfishing off Kahala’s Black Point. In his first children’s book, he wanted to share his love for the ocean and sea creatures with his son and nephew.

Charming illustrations are provided by Yuko Green, a Big Island resident. Early readers will have fun searching for the hidden gecko on each page.

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