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Rafe Martin and David Shannon reunite in this folktale interpretation of a dramatic flood myth set amidst the unmatched beauty of the Hawaiian IslandsIn a country whose ruler is cruel and whose people are hardened two children remain warm hearted and exuberant One day after freeing a shark trapped in the shallows the children are so excited that they touch the King's forbidden drum They are thrown into prison and no one will listen to their parents' pleas for mercy So at great risk they go to the Shark God himself and he takes retribution causing a great flood that leaves only the good family behind and clears the way for a better kinder future


10 thoughts on “The Shark God

  1. says:

    Rafe Martin has retold a Hawaiian legend about 2 children who upon receiving no help from the adults try to help a shark that is tangled in a fishing net themselves Later when the children are in danger the Shark God comes to their aid I love David Shannon's pictures especially the one where the children skip jubilantly down the beach after successfully freeing the shark An author note at the end explains the differences between Martin's version and the original Hawaiian tale Recommended


  2. says:

    Mads age 7 and I much prefer this to the other MartinShannon book we read this month Rough Face Girl though I think this says about our sensibilities than the actual content of the books I enjoy Martin's interpretation of this story crafted expressly for children its emphasis on connection and empathy with both the animal world and our fellow human beings Ultimately islanders are punished for being callous while the children and their parents are delivered from this devastation because of their benevolence and care because in the beginning of the story the children rescue a shark entangled in fishing wire Mads and I discussed whether or not sharks might actually have their own god and what other animals' gods might look like and be like if so We discussed whether or not we would rescue a shark even if it might mean danger to ourselves and I was reminded of videos of dogs tangled and lashing out with fright at their would be rescuers The illustrations within are vivid and colorful though some of the images of the sharks struck me as a little goofy And maybe there could've been sharks different types of sharks?


  3. says:

    Two children find a shark in trouble and try to get people from their village to help save the shark When no one wants to help they go and free the shark themselves In the heat of their triumph they innocently play with a sacred drum The cruel king of the village sees them and sentences them to a severe punishment Their parents beg but no one listens to them They go to the shark god who sends a terrible storm on the island to teach the village a person while freeing the children and sending the family to a different humane islandvillageInteresting legend certainly makes me think of sharks in a new light It also gives insight into the way people from the South Pacific view creatures Whenever we think of sharks it's mostly in a negative light In this legend the shark is the good guy and it's the humans that are acting like animals


  4. says:

    Martin does a good job in making this Polynesian story accessible to children I like how he decided having a family including parents dealing with the wrath of the people and the help of the shark god rather than just a priest kahuna would make the story interesting and meaningful It does Still I enjoy the illustrations than the story Maybe the comparison is unfair but after the charm of Disney’s Maui the shark god just seems not as impressive


  5. says:

    This story is about two children getting captured when they touch a sacred drum on the island they live on and their parents must go to a mystical creature to help them get their children back In the end the shark god helps get the children back and restores peaceful order to the once chaotic island


  6. says:

    Desperate Concerned Powerful


  7. says:

    This story really reminded me of Moana Even the illustrations were similar


  8. says:

    Shark Kindness Hawaiian Drum


  9. says:

    Title The Shark GodAuthor Rafe MartinIllustrator David ShannonGenre MythThemes Hawaii Animals Rulers Godsgoddesses Opening LinesentenceIt was long long ago when two children a brother and sister tried to find someone to help them save a sharkBrief Book Summary A brother and sister free a shark from a tangled net only to be jailed when celebrating using the king’s drum The mother and father plead for their children with no success when they finally approach the Shark God This god threatens to eat them up but after hearing the parents’ plea he changes his mind The mom and dad prepare a canoe after giving sacrifices to the god when a massive cloud approached the island The cloud caused a great storm washing away all of the island’s houses and hard hearted people As the family remains safe in the canoe the king’s drum washes up and family grab ahold of is as the venture to find an island with kinder inhabitantsProfessional RecommendationReview #1The Horn BookOn an island ruled by an unfeeling despot two siblings rescue a rope entangled shark When the children violate the king's rules however they are condemned to death In desperation their parents seek out the fearsome shark god Shannon's dark palette is well suited to the tone lightening effectively as the family sails to a new and inviting land Based on a Hawaiian legend this is a real find for story hours and individual readers Professional RecommendationReview #2 Beverley Fahey Children's Literature On a small tropical island two children set a shark free after it becomes entangled in a net Elated by their act of kindness the children dare to touch the ceremonial drum forbidden to all but the king For this they are sentenced to die Pleas for mercy to the king from their parents and the villagers go unanswered In desperation they go to the cave of the great Shark God Looming over them menacing and cruel he remembers the children's generosity and devises a plan to set them free and punish the hard hearted king and his people A perfect blend of story and illustration makes this a winner Martin has loosely based his story on a Hawaiian legend and has created a powerful and fearsome Shark God Author's notes credit his sources and indicate his own inventions Full page paintings bring to life the terrible creature in sharp contrast to the lush tropical setting A palette of rich hues combined with uniue light and perspectives make these illustrations worthy of Caldecott consideration Response to Two Professional Reviews The Horn Book focuses mainly on just retelling the story but the second review vividly describes the contrast between the setting and events of the story I agree with the second review’s comment on the illustrations they use bold tones that capture Hawaii’s tropical setting but invoke a sense of fear when presenting the fierceness of the Shark God This story is a uniue blend of Hawaiian culture with a mythical creature that focuses on saving a family Evaluation of Literary Elements As the characters move through the book the plot follows almost as if the story is a wave swiftly escalating crashing with a giant storm and then breaking into a uiet movement as the family drifts off to a new land The characters although pretty static highlight themes such as family love and sacrifice and respect for spiritual rituals and gods The setting captures the tropical feel the local village but the illustrations are what make this a great story Their vibrant nature with bold yellow red and blue hues draw the reader into the action while the dark ominous shadows highlight the fear of the storm and the shark god The painted pictures feature the landscapes of the village and depict the clothing of everyday life there Overall these illustrations really set the tone of the story Consideration of Instructional Application This book is a refreshing break from the traditional Greek and Roman myths and brings opportunity for diversity into a classroom library This book can be incorporated into a lesson on different cultures featuring the uniue clothes that the characters wear and the traditions associated with the red drum Also this book depending on the age of the group could be used to discuss the cultivation of gods and other religious figures in stories that the people pay homage to This book might serve as a good basis for comparing and contrasting different civilizations and their customs For a younger group of children this book might serve well for practicing cause and effect the children touch the drum so the children are sentenced to death or for practicing predictions the parents appeal to the shark god how will the shark god react? This book would also be great for an art study of contrasting light with dark hues using acrylic paints


  10. says:

    Storyline Interesting will hold student's interest Setting contributes to the plotAuthor While is not of Hawaiian descent has included author's notes on the research of this story and why he has made changes to the original tale to fit the needs of young children the author also wrote Rough Faced Girl one of my favorite Cinderella themed storiesIllustrations Fitting of setting and culture though I would add that the little girl is topless This should not be a problem but be aware of your audience Depending on the age group sadly the older students this may illicit gigglesText Accuracy Culture is clearly identified Words from culture presented within context Setting fits the cultureI picked this out to read to my son because he is interested in sharks and anything mean It was nice to read a story where the mean shark saves the family The story takes place in Hawaii were two children brother and sister find a shark tangled in a net They seek the village for help and since they can't find their parents turn to others who just scorn them They save the shark on their own and on the way back home they come across the King's drum Though it is forbidden for anyone but the King to play it the children want to celebrate so badly that they just barely touch the drum The King had been watching and instead of warning the children he waits and lets them play it so that he can catch them and sentence them to death in three days The parents throw themselves at his feet and beg him to remember that they are just children but the King is hard of heart The parents turn to the other villagers and find that they are just as hard as the King so the parents turn to the Shark God where no one else has ever gone willingly Going into the cavern the Shark God appears and nearly eats the parents but they beg for him to at least listen to their story He does and he tells them to build a canoe and load it with all they might need for a long trip In three days the canoe is done and a large storm comes bringing waves crashing into the village and destroying the place where the children are held prisoners Their door breaks off and the children float on top of it As they float a shark comes and pushes them to their parents' canoe and off they go to find a new home where there is a King who is kind