Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds
48 pages, 9 x 11
full-colour illustrations
Release Date:30 Jun 2020

Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds

University of Hawai'i Press

Manu‘ō‘ō, a young Hawaiian boy, is on a quest. He must know- Why was he named after an extinct native forest bird? As Manu discovers more about the ‘Ō‘ō Bird, he starts dreaming about the disappearing forests and native birds in Hawai‘i. Will he ever see a native Hawaiian bird? Are the ‘Ō‘ō birds really gone? After a surprise family visit to Hawai‘i Island, Manu finally understands the meaning of his name and how he can help the native birds of Hawai‘i.

The story is followed by an afterword with in depth information about forest birds of Hawai‘i, featherwork in old Hawai‘i, a glossary, and list of things to do that make a difference. Illustrated with accurately depicted, eye-catching, full-color block prints incorporating natural science and culture in a whimsical way.

Manu, the Boy who Loved Birds is a story about extinction, conservation, and culture, told through a boy’s experience and curiosity. Readers follow Manu’s journey of discovery, and learn along with Manu about the extinct honey eater he was named after, his Hawaiian heritage, and the relationship between animals and habitat. Told in a hopeful, empowering way, this story shows how we can all make a difference for wildlife.

RELATED TOPICS: Children's Nonfiction

Caren Loebel-Fried is an award-winning author and artist from Volcano, Hawai‘i. Plants, birds, conservation, and the natural world are the foundations for her work. Caren has created seven storybooks to date, including Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits and Hawaiian Legends of Dreams. Caren’s books have been recipients of the American Folklore Society’s Aesop Prize for Children’s Folklore and the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards.

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