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Tag Archives: Wordsworth the Poet

  • Holiday Book Gift Guide 2014

    Need a little help with your holiday shopping this year? Well, first, let’s just say: Books make great gifts! (Especially for our keiki who could use a break from their screen time.)

    Here’s our gift checklist to give you a speedy way to cross at least a few folks off your list — and it’s all available on our newly redesigned online store for home delivery by Christmas! (Just be sure to place your order by December 18.)

    For the Perry & Price Posse Member

    Chances are good there’s at least one in your household—after all, this dynamic duo couldn’t have dominated Hawai‘i radio for more than three decades without their loyal listener posse. Perry on the Left, Price on the Right: Thirty Years with the Odd Couple of Island Radio, a brand-new large-format book, shares the behind-the-scenes stories of this unlikely pairing with of photos and KSSK memorabilia.

    $19.95, hardcover

    GET IT AUTOGRAPHED! Perry & Price will be at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana, from 11AM – 1PM on Saturday, Dec. 13.

    For the Outdoors Enthusiast

    Experienced hikers probably know most of what’s contained in this fun, yet informative, handbook from lifelong outdoorsman (and award-winning musician!) Brother Noland, but they’ll still appreciate the whimsical line drawings and matter-of-fact approach. For those who have less experience, The Hawaiian Survival Handbook offers a crash-course in vital commonsense tips to take in before heading into the bush.

    $16.95, hardcover

    For the Aspiring Writer

    With the ‘ohana coming together for the holiday season, maybe now’s the time to get the best writer in the family motivated to chronicle your history! From nationally bestselling author Darien Gee (aka Mia King), Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir is a guide that goes beyond “how to” and gets you to completion through exercises and encouragement. Includes writing tips and inspiration from more than 20 of Hawai‘i’s best known writers, teachers, and storytellers.

    $14.95, softcover

    For the Keiki

    ‘Tis the season to give a gift that encourages your favorite child to use their imagination and appreciate our natural surroundings. In Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! Wordsworth the Mouse’s best friend Emily has moved away, a new girl from Japan named Akiko is sitting in Emily’s chair at school and, worst of all, a bulldozer has invaded Wordsworth’s special koa grove where he thinks up new poems. What should Wordsworth do? Special gift set includes a tree-growing kit with three milo seeds (a type of tree in the hibiscus family, similar to hau, that came to Hawaii with the Polynesian settlers), a peat soil pod and instructions.

    $14.00, gift set including tree seeds and book

    $10.95, hardcover book alone

    For the Homesick Kama'aina

    Know someone who needs a taste of home? Send them this ‘ono gift pack with everything they’ll need to make their own SPAM® musubi (even directions on making them without a musubi mold!)—Jus’ Add Rice! Each set includes a copy of the award-winning From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now by Arnold Hiura, featuring 60+ recipes from Chef Jason Takemura and KTA Super Stores’ Derek Kurisu; a Cane Haul Road dish towel, 8 packets of shoyu, a 10-sheet pack of nori and one can SPAM®.

    $45, complete gift set

    $29.95, hardcover book alone

  • Wordsworth the Poet’s Poe-TREE Contest

    Frances H. Kakugawa, author of the Wordsworth the Poet children’s books, and Watermark Publishing announce the Wordsworth the Poet “Poe-TREE Contest,” open to children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. (Contest rules follow.)

    In Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! — the newest Wordsworth the Poet adventure released this month — a bulldozer has invaded the little mouse’s special koa grove where he often writes his poems. What should Wordsworth do? His new friend, Akiko, has an idea! Wordsworth, Akiko and their friends, Dylan and Eliot, have all written poems about the special qualities of the trees they see around them — mango trees, coconut trees, kukui trees. Akiko tacks poems to each tree and reminds their neighbors of how important a part of their community the trees really are.

    To enter the Wordsworth the Poet Poe-TREE Contest, kids can follow Wordsworth and his friends’ example and write a poem that celebrates their favorite tree. For an example, see Akiko and Eliot's "Save This Tree" poems (above and below; click on the images to enlarge).

    Six prize packages will be awarded, two per grade division (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12). Each prize package includes a copy of each of the three books in the Wordsworth series, a child’s gardening tool kit and a Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.

    Send entries ATTN: Wordsworth’s Poe-TREE Contest to wordsworth@bookshawaii.net or to Watermark Publishing, 1088 Bishop St., Ste. 310, Honolulu, HI 96813. Download an entry form here.

    Contest Rules:

    • The contest is open to all children kindergarten through 12th grade residing in the United States.
    • Each entry must include the child’s name, age and grade, school, hometown and parent, guardian or teacher’s contact information and signature. Download an entry form here.
    • Poem must be about the entrant's favorite tree.
    • Winning poems will be selected by the judges, including Frances Kakugawa, based on creativity and poetic merit.
    • Materials submitted will not be returned.
    • Entries must be received by January 15, 2013 DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 1, 2013.
    • Winners will be notified February 1, 2013 April 15, 2013. Winners may be asked to submit a photo of themselves for publicity purposes. Winners' name, hometown and likeness may be used for publicity purposes.

    For those who are ineligible to enter the Poe-TREE Contest, or who aren’t inclined to write poetry, Frances and Wordsworth have another way to celebrate trees: They invite readers far and wide to plant trees in their own communities. “It’s not only about trees being cut down where we live,” Frances writes in the introduction to Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! “Our children and their children must have trees in their future to hug and enjoy and sit under in the shade. Trees also help keep us alive and healthy.”

    Frances has created Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society to recognize readers of all ages who plant a tree in Wordsworth’s honor. To receive a membership certificate in the Plant A Tree Society, readers must plant a tree for Wordsworth in their community (in the backyard or at school, for example) and post a photo of themselves with their tree on Wordsworth’s Facebook page. Photo submissions should indicate the variety of the tree and where it was planted. Submissions may also be e-mailed to wordsworth@bookshawaii.net or mailed to Watermark Publishing. Photos will not be returned and will be posted online.

    We understand that not everyone can plant a tree in their own backyard, so we have teamed up with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative to offer a solution: A program to plant Wordsworth Legacy Koa Trees on Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods’ 1,000 acres of conservation land on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai‘i Island. Groups or individuals may sponsor a Wordsworth Legacy Tree for $60. The purchase also includes a copy of Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!, a certificate bearing the GPS coordinates of the planted tree, and automatic membership in Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society. Additionally, $10 of the sponsorship fee will be directed to a fund dedicated to providing Legacy Trees for underprivileged children. Wordsworth Legacy Trees may be purchased at http://legacytrees.org/watermarkpublishing.

    We are very excited to work with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative to help return native growth to the Hamakua Coast! The land set aside by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods for this conservation program once belonged to King Kamehameha I, and some original koa trees still remain on the property. HLH uses seeds from these ancient Hawaiian trees to grow the Legacy Trees. Each tree is implanted with an RFID chip which transmits information on the tree's growth, as well as identifying it as the sponsor's tree. What an amazing project!

  • A Mouse Who Loves Trees

    Our little friend Wordsworth the Mouse has been very busy lately. He (with the help of Frances Kakugawa and illustrator Andrew Catanzariti) has a new adventure for you to read, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!, has visited the Big Island and planted his very own koa tree with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, and has started up the Wordsworth Plant A Tree Society! Phew, that's a lot for a small mouse to do!

    Wordsworth's new book, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! comes out on November 1. You can meet Wordsworth and Frances at Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall, at 1PM on Saturday, Nov. 3, when Frances will read from the new book. Purchases made on that day will help benefit the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa Children’s Center.

    A second reading will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‛i. The children's book reading begins at 11AM, but Frances will be holding presentations throughout the morning. Visit our website for the full schedule, along with a listing of her other events.

    As Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! begins, we learn that Wordsworth’s life has been full of changes — his best friend Emily has moved away, a new girl from Japan named Akiko is sitting in Emily’s chair at school, and worst of all, a bulldozer has invaded Wordsworth’s special koa grove where he thinks up new poems. What should Wordsworth do?

    “I would want someone to be nice to Emily,” thinks Wordsworth. So he and his friends, Eliot and Dylan, invite Akiko to teach them about Japanese poetry. And what a good thing, too, because it is Akiko who has a clever idea to save the neighborhood trees from being knocked down.

    In the book, Wordsworth's favorite tree is a koa tree. We purchased a tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, where it will grow on private conservation land, helping to provide a habitat for native wildlife and preserve our natural resources. As luck would have it, Frances was able to take Wordsworth out to the Hamakua coast to plant his own tree! Here are a few photos from Wordsworth and Frances' tree planting adventure:


    In the introduction to Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! Frances and Wordsworth ask readers of all ages, far and wide, to each plant a tree in their own community. “It’s not only about trees being cut down where we live,” Frances writes. “Our children and their children must have trees in their future to hug and enjoy and sit under in the shade. Trees also help keep us alive and healthy.”

    Wordsworth wasn't the first one to plant a tree in honor of his new book, though. Frances' niece, Tammy Antonio, planted her Wordsworth tree quite a while ago, and it's already as tall as she is! Tammy planted a native ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree with beautiful orange blossoms in her garden in Hilo.

    Because she planted the first of what we hope will be many Wordsworth trees, Tammy gets to be Member #1 in Wordsworth's Plant A Tree Society. Frances hasn't signed it yet, but here is the certificate that Tammy will receive.

    If you would like to be a member of Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society and receive your own membership certificate, all you need to do is plant a tree for Wordsworth in your community (your backyard, your school, etc.) and post a photo of you with your tree on Wordsworth’s Facebook page. Please also tell us where you planted it and what kind of tree it is. (You can also email it to Wordsworth at wordsworth@bookshawaii.net.)

    Happy planting!

  • Happy Grandparents Day!

    National Grandparents Day falls each year on the Sunday after Labor Day—this year, that means we honor our grandparents this Sunday, September 9. We can't think of a better way to pay tribute to all the wonderful grandparents in our lives than with some poems by Wordsworth the Poet.

    In Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, Wordsworth has a very special relationship with his grandmother who, he has just been told, is losing her memory. Wordsworth's parents say that this means she can't do all the things she used to do before, and she can't go to school to hear him read his Grandparents Day poem. But this doesn't seem right to Wordsworth.


    illustration by Melissa DeSica

    When Grandma hugged me
    And said, "How's my Wordsworth?"

    When Grandma sent me presents
    On special days of the year,

    When Grandma gave me candy,
    Right before dinnertime,

    When Grandma told me stories
    Way past my bedtime,

    She was Grandma to me
    Because she was Grandma,

    Not because she had a memory
    Or because she knew my name.

    Now that she's losing her memory,
    She's still my Grandma, isn't she?

    Imagine Wordsworth's delight when he steps on the stage at school to read his Grandparents Day tribute poem and sees his family...with Grandma in her best party dress and a flower in her hair! "I found your poem on Grandma's bed this morning," Wordsworth's mother says. "It reminded me that she is still a big part of this family, and I realized how much she would want to be here today." Wordsworth's family have realized that although Grandma may not remember everything, she is still the same person they love.

    illustration by Melissa DeSica

    Here is Wordsworth's Grandparents Day poem, written to share with his school.


    You are like that trunk of an oak
    Whose roots grow deep into our soil
    Sending branches up to the skies.

    You are a book without end,
    Filled with stories and folklore
    Of when you were a child
    Long before we were born.

    You are a treasure
    On our treasure hunt,
    Gold, trinkets and gems
    Where X marks the spot.

    Your stories, your memories,
    We will preserve and treasure
    For our children and their children.

    We honor you
    On this day.

    If you would like to write your own Grandparents Day poem and share it with Wordsworth, he would love to read it! You can email it to him or post it on his Facebook page. Wordsworth and author Frances H. Kakugawa have also created Reader Guides to go along with Wordsworth Dances the Waltz and Wordsworth the Poet. Download them at Frances' blog.

    And fans of Wordsworth will be pleased to hear: Wordsworth has a new adventure coming soon! Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozers! will be released October 2012. Stay tuned for more details!

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