Monday, June 6, 2011
The House on the Volcano
This is a somewhat quaint little book which nevertheless is an interesting little read. It was published in 1966 and the story takes place on Big Island in Hawaii. Even though it fiction it does have its merits in terms of volcanoes and the mythology of Madam Pele. There is a quite extensive glossary in the back with geological terms and the Hawaiian words which are sprinkled throughout the book. It deals with a young boy, Kimo, who lives with his grandmother on the edge of Kilauea Volcano. His grandmother firmly believes Madam Pele is responsible for volcanic eruptions but at school he is confronted with the scientific explanations which are at odds with all the stories she has shared with him. The book would suit readers 9-12. It has lovely retro ink illustrations which give the novel a lot of appeal.
Watch the promo to see if this might be a good read for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XO2El33IOA