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The Shark King

Author/Illustrator: R. Kikuo Johnson

Publisher: Toon Books

Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5

Subject: History/Social Studies, Language Arts

Genre: Mythology and Folktales

Special Attractions: Child Lead Characters, Multicultural Lead Characters

Synopsis: From the islands of Hawaii comes the electrifying tale of Nanaue, who has to balance his yearning for Dad’s guidance with his desire for Mom’s nurture. Award-winning cartoonist R. Kikuo Johnson transports young readers to the lush, tropical shores of his native Hawaii. Emerging readers, fluent or not, will be thrilled when they experience the transformative powers of this stirring literary work. (from the publisher’s site)

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