by J. Lovins
hard cover, color
32 pp, 10" x 10"
Written and beautifully illustrated by J. Lovins, 'Opihi Baby depicts the deep connection between family baby and the 'aina. With simple rhythmic text and brilliant pictures to stimulate the minds of all of Hawaii's keiki, 'Opihi Baby is perfect for young readers. A glossary page details the importance of imagery used throughout the book and encourages learning by explaining unfamiliar words. 'Opihi Baby gives parents and keiki new perspective on the appearances and labels we learn from the moment we are born, and helps us to see beyond them.
"Lovins's concept is to explore the natural Hawaiian connection between child, family and the land. The result which Lovins both wrote and illustrated is a unique first picture book. Vivid acrylic paintings on double-page spreads depict an infant and adults emerging from the natural landscape. Evocative imagery is paired with a rhyming text both of which should stimulate creativity and appeal to young children. Families expecting a new baby will particularly enjoy this offering."
- The Honolulu Advertiser