- Book Style: Learning story for kids
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Simple, sketched, fun
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Sherry Skovgaard
- Author’s Page: Sherry Skovgaard
- Book Purchase Page: Habika Learns to Hula – Paperback – $9.25
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Habika Learns to Hula is a kids story all about a little hippo named Habika, who lives to dance. While she loves to dance, her all-time favorite is the Hula Dance. She wants to learn to Hula, but she ends up spending time in many different cultures learning their music/dances/events. Each time she learns something new, she still yearns to learn the Hula. Eventually, she ends up in Hawaii, learns the Hula, and returns to tell us all that we can do anything we want.
The best thing about this book (in my opinion, of course), is how many different cultures your child will be exposed to. Everything from the Zulu, Masai, Kenya, and more will be introduced to your little one. Sherry Skovgaard (our author) has done a great deal of research to teach your child about these different cultures. There’s no substitute for learning, and Sherry always delivers on this note.
Another thing that’s great about this book is the message being delivered. Our author has taken the time to tell a story that helps your child understand that they can do whatever they put their mind to. See, while we watch Habika struggle to get to Hawaii, we also get to see her eventually succeed. When she learns the Hula Dance and then returns home, we see happiness from her mother. We are also told that Habika knows that we can do anything we want to. It’s a great message delivered in a couple of different ways.
The illustrations in this book were done by Barbara Tudek. She has created a very interesting set of illustrations that depict everything going on in the story. Each picture is filled with detail in the background as well as the characters, and each picture is done in a very sketch-like style. I can’t say that I’ve seen any other children’s books with this style, but I can say that I really enjoy it!
The thing that I enjoy the most about the illustrations is the sketch-like style itself. It allows so much variability in the characters and the scenery, and it allows Barbara Tudek to direct your child’s attention to the places she wants to. She employs this tactic with great success, as I noticed both myself and my child taking extra looks at Habika herself (as she’s one of the most detailed characters in the book).
Another thing I wanted to point out in regards to the illustrations is the positivity in each one. I love the fact that Habika is constantly smiling. She’s a positive character with a positive message, and if you’ve read a few of my reviews before, you know how much I enjoy that.
We’ve reviewed one of Sherry Skovgaard’s books before and we loved that (here’s that review). Habika Learns to Hulu is another great book from Sherry that contains a great, positive message for children. The illustrations are interesting and have a style all their own, and they show all kinds of different cultures. All in all, this is a great book at a relatively inexpensive price. You can pick up a paperback copy of Habika Learns to Hulu from Amazon for only $9.25 USD here.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!