'Ohana means family

by Loomis, Ilima,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
Join the family, or ohana, as they farm taro for poi to prepare for a traditional luau celebration with a poetic text in the style of The House That Jack Built .

"This is the land that's never been sold, where work the hands, so wise and old, that reach through the water, clear and cold, into the mud to pick the taro to make the poi for our ohana's luau."

Acclaimed illustrator and animator Kenard Pak's light-filled, dramatic illustrations pair exquisitely with Ilima Loomis' text to celebrate Hawaiian land and culture.

The backmatter includes a glossary of Hawaiian terms used, as well as an author's note.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Poi is made from kalo and served at an ohana's lk»au. For cultural insiders, this is an immediately recognizable affirmation of a beloved tradition, but the rest of us will need to follow along, paying close attention to words and images as the mystery unravels one detail at a time and we learn what each of those words means. 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. Back matter explains the historical and cultural significance of kalo and poi. The author notes that food connects people, and this book does an admirable job of honoring the culture without cliché. This can be paired thematically with Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal's Fry Bread (2019).--Amina Chaudhri Copyright 2020 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This "The House That Jack Built"--style poem explores the importance of poi, the Hawaiian staple that, an author's note reports, "no celebratory lu¯'au is complete without." Loomis (Eclipse Chaser) begins "This is the poi/ for our 'ohana's lu¯'au"; Pak (The Hundred-Year Barn) shows it in a hollowed-out bowl garnished with green leaves. The lines that follow build on each other: "This is the kalo/ to make the poi/ for our 'ohana's lu¯'au." Two Hawaiian children with black hair watch an adult man pound pieces of kalo plant on a board. A page turn reveals a vast field--dark, heart-shaped leaves in the foreground, plants spreading into the distance. Another turn shows kalo growing in fields flooded with water "clear and cold" and stylized human figures of all ages helping to harvest it. As the sun goes down, a family gathers at a long table under palm trees by the sea. The creators present this traditional practice--cultivating, harvesting, preparing, and eating a treasured food together--through the lens of Hawaiian culture. A glossary is included, though it contains no pronunciation information. Ages 4--8. Author's agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator's agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Productions. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Luaus -- Juvenile fiction.
Poi -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Hawaii -- Juvenile fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Luaus -- Fiction.
Poi -- Fiction.
Hawaii -- Juvenile fiction.
Hawaii -- Fiction.
Cumulative rhymes.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Other Titles House that Jack built.
Contributors Pak, Kenard, illustrator.
Language English
Notes "Neal Porter Books."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9780823443260
0823443264
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