The Shark God

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 fRafe 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, causing a great flood that leaves only the good family behind, and clears the way for a better, kinder future.
The Shark God 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 peopl

  • Title: The Shark God
  • Author: Rafe Martin David Shannon
  • ISBN: 9780590395007
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Rafe Martin has retold a Hawaiian legend about 2 children who, upon receiving no help from the adults, try to help a shark that is tangled in a fishing net themselves. Later, when the children are in danger, the Shark God comes to their aid. I love David Shannon's pictures, especially the one where the children skip jubilantly down the beach after successfully freeing the shark. An author note at the end explains the differences between Martin's version and the original Hawaiian tale. Recommende [...]

    2. Title: The Shark GodAuthor: Rafe MartinIllustrator: David ShannonGenre: MythTheme(s): Hawaii, Animals, Rulers, Gods/goddesses Opening Line/sentence:It was long, long ago when two children, a brother and sister, tried to find someone to help them save a shark.Brief Book Summary: A brother and sister free a shark from a tangled net only to be jailed when celebrating using the king’s drum. The mother and father plead for their children with no success when they finally approach the Shark God. Thi [...]

    3. Storyline: Interesting, will hold student's interest. Setting contributes to the plot.Author: While is not of Hawaiian descent has included author's notes on the research of this story and why he has made changes to the original tale to fit the needs of young children. (the author also wrote Rough Faced Girl, one of my favorite Cinderella themed stories).Illustrations: Fitting of setting and culture, though I would add that the little girl is topless. This should not be a problem, but be aware o [...]

    4. This piece of traditional literature was about a family from an island nation. The children discover a shark trapped in the remains of a fishing net and ask the other villagers to aid them in helping rescue it. Unfortunately non of the villagers will help the children so they take it upon themselves to save the shark and after doing so are so overcome pride that they touch the drum of the king, a forbidden act. As punishment the children are sentenced to death and taken away to the temple. The p [...]

    5. The Shark God is a tall-tale that portrays a story about karma. Two young children saved a shark in a net and set it free. They were so happy that they wanted to bang on the King's drum. The King saw and told the children's parents that they must die in three days for justice. The parents tried to persuade them but nothing worked. Their last hope was to talk to the scary, giant Shark God. The parents told the shark god about their children and the shark god told them exactly what to do. The shar [...]

    6. Sharks are scary. Right? But maybe not as scary as the king of the island. After two children touch his drum he imprisons them and sentences them to die in three days. The distraught parents try to find someone to who them but when they fail to move the people of the island to action with their tale they turn to the only other possible source of help. The shark god. This is a traditional story of Hawaiian mythology adapted a retold by Rafe Martin. The story really flows well from one page to the [...]

    7. Mommy's review from 8/13/11 - If there's any recent book that reminds me not to judge a book by its cover it's this one right here. I found this at the library, picked it up, looked at the cover and title, and set it back down. I walked around, saw it again and did the same thing again. I still didn't flip through it for whatever reason. I walked around again. And I saw it again. I don't know what kept bringing me back to it but as much as I didn't like the title and cover it kept getting my att [...]

    8. Based on a traditional Hawaiian folktale of two children who save the life of a shark, the children subsequently get into trouble with the king by touching his drum. Touching the king's drum is an offense leading to death so the children are to be put to death. The children's parents plead with the king who doesn't listen so the parents go to the shark god to beg for the lives of their children. He creates a storm which wipes out everyone and everything except the children. They are reunited wit [...]

    9. I read the author's note and now I'm interested in Hawaiian mythology. I have students that really want more and more cultural stories. This book is a good one, and if I can find more Hawaiian stories that will add nicely to my collection of folklore. This is the type of book I would use to teach "folklore" elements with using the characteristics that I typically include in my upper grade lessons.

    10. This book has a very good story line for kids to say interested in. It is a tale that teaches them life lessons and about other cultures. It will show them how their are other cultures in this world and they are not the same as ours. I feel it also shows them about following rules and how important family really is. This is not a funny book but is very interesting.

    11. Very majestic. This book is great for children interested in mythology. This book is about a king that turned into a shark to protect his land. This book is great to read to 4th grade students because younger students may get scared at the images.

    12. Rich illustrations and a story many are unlikely to have heard before. The Shark God would be an interesting read to children with a love of mythology, the ocean, and could make for an interesting companion read to other flood stories!

    13. Such an excellent kids' book, very unusual in both subject matter and tone. I wish so badly there was more out there like this for the boys! A simple story with scary elements and a lovely redemption. Very well done.

    14. This a decent book about two parents who asked the shark god for help. Good book to read when children are learning about legends.

    15. myth, morals, shark, siblings, familyCurriculum connection- learning stories of different cultures.

    16. Read this book 3 times it is a very interesting story i dont believe in a shark god though but i believe in the TRUE GOD

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