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The Shark God (Scholastic Bookshelf)by Rafe Martin
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Almost ten years ago Rafe Martin and David Shannon set the standard for folktale interpretations with their unforgettable rendition of the Algonquin Cinderella tale, The Rough-Face Girl. Since then David Shannon has received a Caldecott Honor and Rafe Martin has delighted audiences across the nation with his storytelling. Their talents have deepened and broadened, and here, in this thrilling reunion, they show that their collaboration still sparkles with a unique chemistry.
Many will hear echoes of the biblical flood story in this tense and moving Hawaiian legend: a righteous family, a cruel and callous civilization, a deity whose wrath brings a terrible storm of destruction, leaving one lone boat untouched.
But heaven is truly in the details of this glorious picture book — in the dramatic phrasing of Martin's perfectly paced text and in the Gauguin-like splendor of Shannon's gloriously colored canvases.
Based on a traditional Hawaiian tale, this book tells the story of two children who run afoul of a tyrant king, and their parents who seek help from the mystical shark god. Full color.
Rafe Martin and David Shannon reunite in this folktale interpretation of a dramatic flood myth set amidst the unmatched beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.
In a country whose ruler is cruel and whose people are hardened, two children remain warm-hearted and exuberant. One day after freeing a shark trapped in the shallows, the children are so excited that they touch the King's forbidden drum. They are thrown into prison, and no one will listen to their parents' pleas for mercy. So, at great risk, they go to the Shark God himself, and he takes retribution on the island, causing a great flood that leaves only the good family behind and clears the way for a better, kinder future.
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