Surf War!, based on a folktale from the Marshall Islands, The War Between the Sandpipers and the Whales, found in Peace Tales, is another superb offering by author and folklorist Margaret Read MacDonald.
The subtle, yet important, moral woven throughout the tale will resonant long after the book is placed back on the shelf.
The dialogue between the characters is very accessible for younger ears and effortlessly lends itself to the spoken word. The illustrations by Geraldo Valẽrio are gorgeous, so vibrant they are almost musical in their fluidity. The story and pictures are sure to capture the interest of any child, whether in the classroom, library, or home. Margaret has another hit on her hands!
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