The Bottom Line
- Read more about the event, view a Hilo webcam and get tips for tsunami survival at the Pacific Tsunami Museum's Web site.
- Helps explain tsunamis and other disasters to children
- Reinforces the positive aspects of honoring family tradition
- Colorful illustrations convey current day and past events
- The last page explains Hawaiian topography as it relates to the ocean
- May not be suitable for very small children
- Written by Anthony D. Fredericks
- Illustrated by Tammy Yee
- Published by Sleeping Bear Press
Guide Review - 'The Tsunami Quilt: Grandfather's Story'
Kimo notices that his usually-talkative grandfather is always quiet when they visit that beach, and senses that the area is a place to be respectful. Grandfather promises to share the story of the monument with the youngster when he is older.
After Grandfather's death, Kimo's father explains to him that the monument is a memorial to the children and adults who died at that location during Hawaii's 1946 tsunami. He describes what happened that day, and how Grandfather was involved.
Father and son visit the site on the anniversary of the tsunami, and travel to the Tsunami Museum to view the quilt that was made in memory of those who died at Laupahoehoe Point. Snail's Trail variation blocks, one for each victim, surround a center medallion, and resemble the waves that came onshore that day.