Punky Aloha

by Shar Tuiasoa (Author) Shar Tuiasoa (Illustrator)

Punky Aloha
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Meet Punky Aloha: a girl who uses the power of saying aloha to experience exciting and unexpected adventures!

Punky loves to do a lot of things--except meeting new friends. She doesn't feel brave enough.

So when her grandmother asks her to go out and grab butter for her famous banana bread, Punky hesitates. But with the help of her grandmother's magical sunglasses, and with a lot of aloha in her heart, Punky sets off on a BIG adventure for the very first time.

Will she be able to get the butter for grandma?

Punky Aloha is a Polynesian girl who carries her culture in her heart and in everything she does. Kids will love to follow this fun character all over the island of O'ahu.

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Review quotes

A bold palette of verdant greens and rich teals set against warm golds and browns easily evokes the island setting, while curvy, exaggerated figures and simple, linear compositions give the digital art an airy effortlessness. With her messy topknot, flip-flops, and skateboard, bespectacled Punky is an utterly charming protagonist, and her narration moves effectively from early anxiousness to confident triumph. Break out a pair of oversized shades to give some added oomph to some readers' theatre or an island-themed storytime.—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
June 07, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV039090 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | New Experience
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories

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