Written by Michael Smith
Illustrated by Gayle Garner Roski
East West Discovery Press
Manhattan Beach, California
Genre: Traditional Navigation,
Islands of the Pacific
"How many coconuts will we bring," I ask.
"As many as will fit in that part of the canoe," Grandfather replies. But Grandfather has something else on his mind. He looks up in the night sky and points to a bright star. "Just like a star is a tiny dot in the big sky, our island is a tiny dot in the big ocean."
He looks down at me. "Akela, when we take off on this voyage, we must go exactly the right way or we will miss our destination..."
Akela wells with excitement as he prepares alongside his grandfather for an exciting but uncertain journey to a neighboring island. Where will their canoe take them -- the endless sea, a friendly island or an unfriendly one? Young Akela, taught by his Grandfather, uses the world to navigate their fate.
REVIEW: While the publisher suggests this for all ages, older picture book readers or newer independent readers not ready for long novels may enjoy this unusual voyage across the ocean with its not often highlighted place and time. Filled with interesting early navigational facts.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: Set in the 1500s, Earthwaves reveals the fascinating and little-known culture of the Pacific Islander seafarers, whose wayfinding techniques began thousands of years ago. It takes more bravery to stay alive without compasses and charts. It takes wisdom passed down from generation to generation.
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