April 1, 1946 - an enormous tsunami wave strikes Hilo, Hawai'i, causing death and destruction. Even those islanders who are fortunate to have survived find their lives forever altered. Young Kimo loves his grandfather very much - they go everywhere together, sharing island stories and experiences. But there is one story his grandfather has yet to share and that is the reason behind their yearly pilgrimage to Laupahoehoe Point. Here, in silent remembrance, Grandfather places a flower lei atop a stone monument. It is only after his grandfather's sudden death that Kimo learns the story behind their annual visit and the reason for the sadness that has haunted his grandfather throughout the years. Evocative writing brings this tragic event from Hawaiian history to present-day reality for young readers today.Award-winning children's author Anthony D. Fredericks is a former reading specialist who now teaches at York College in York, Pennsylvania. He has authored more than 35 children's books on a variety of science, nature, and environmental topics. The Tsunami Quilt is his first book for Sleeping Bear Press. Tammy Yee grew up in Honolulu, Hawai'i, exploring tide pools and enjoying the beauty of the natural world, which provided inspiration for her future career in children's books. She lives in Windward, Oahu. Tammy also illustrated A is for Aloha: A Hawai'i Alphabet for Sleeping Bear Press.
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Personal Response: I think the subject of this story may be a little mature for the age of readership. I like that the book deals with a historical event and articulates the impact of this event on the Grandfather and Grandson. However, I think that older children who are able to understand natural disasters may expect a book that is more grown-up. Preschool and kindergarden children may be frightened by the story.Curricular Connection: First and Second graders can read the story on their own and write a response or summary. The story presents the opportunity to discuss the geography and culture of Hawaii. The teacher can share photographs, music, and art of the Pacific Islands. Students could create an artistic response to the story such as a drawing, collage, or sculpture.