Large, bold text and lovely illustrations make this book flow easily in both English and Spanish, and bonus material including information about volcanos, Princess Luka, and Mauna Loa make this work even more valuable. A good story about the importance of kindness. VERDICT Recommended for most collections.
History mixes with folklore in this story of the Mauna Loa volcano.
A True Princess of Hawaii" is completed by beautiful, realistic but imaginative color illustrations plus creative learning activity pages including For Creative Minds, pacific Rim of Fire, Princess Luka and Mauna Loa, Volcanic Vocabulary Matching, and Respect Hawaii's Natural Resources. There is also an informative map showing the five volcanoes on the island of Hawaii. This excellent educational book has great appeal to young readers of all ages, and is part of an extremely successful series.
This book is a fictional tale of a historical princess, goddess named Pele, compassionate young girl, and a volcano. I like that the underlying lesson learned is about the girl who freely offers an old lady and horse her candy and the princess part of her clothing. I found the informational data at the back of the book for older readers the most interesting. Any child will enjoy looking at the colorful pictures with plenty of details while understanding mighty volcanoes.
I really like the illustrations of the town and its people. I have lived in a village where I walked bare feet when I was younger. It brought back happy memories. I also like the story of the real princess at the end of the book because I have never heard of her before. The added reminders about visiting Hawaii at the end of the book is a plus.
While the story is fictional, the book includes information about Princess Luka, as well as information about volcanoes and the Ring of Fire. Warm, detailed illustrations are filled with the colors of the Islands, while giving a nice historical feel to the story. This is a sweet story about history and character that children, especially those in Hawaii, will enjoy.