Story of Hula
Story of Hula
by Carla Golembe, Vicky Holt Takamine
hard cover, color
32 pp, 8.5" x 11"
includes read-along CD
With vivid whimsical illustrations and lyrical writing, Carla Golembe shares the history, meaning and spirit of hula. The words and pictures pair together in much the same way that the chants and movements of hula complement each other, and the accompanying read-along CD further immerses readers and listeners in the joy of the dance.
WINNER of the 8th annual Hawaii Music Awards Childrens Music category
FINALIST in the Benjamin Franklin Awards Childrens Book & Audiobook category
FINALIST in ForeWord Magazines Book of The Year Awards
"Golembe, who wrote the soothingly rhythmic words and created the charmingly naive illustrations, understands that the tradition of hula is largely oral and inter-generational and frames the story in that way. Bess Press has mastered the once-gimmicky addition of an audio disc inserted into a book, and here it works naturally."
- Honolulu Star-Bulletin
"The Story of Hula is a very special children's book... It is all poetry. The youngest child will find a comfort in the rhymes and meters and a little older child will actually read the book as poetry... The story is also a well-crafted teaching aid for pre-schoolers."
- Maui Weekly
"The Story of Hula is a delightful introduction to other cultures and celebrations. Simple color illustrations by Golembe, a glossary of Hawaiian terms, and a final page of historic notes round out this enjoyable and educational volume."
- Children's Bookwatch
"A delightful new children's book for all ages has recently been published by the Bess Press of Honolulu... This book is colorful and a real treat for the eyes."
- Oklahoma Daily News
"... a vibrant book written and illustrated by Carla Golembe. Golembe's descriptions of dance steps and gestures, music and clothing, are succinct and poetic and her historic notes and glossary are very helpful. Readers of all ages will especially relish her rich palette. Hula's pages pulse with warmth and color."
- Washington Parent
Carla Golembe is a painter, illustrator, author and teacher. She is the author of numerous books for children, including The Story of Hula, which in 2004 won the Benjamin Franklin Award presented by the Pubishers Marketing Association.