Debi Brimmer and Julie Coleson
Illustrated by Julie Coleson
This original tale of “hold hands and stick together” traces the footsteps of six young bottle gourds from the emerald green valley of their birth to the loving arms of their “new vines” – six young students of hula who live far from the little gourds’ homeland. This book is an imaginative look into the life story of a hula implement. As the hula students learn about their new implements, the little gourds learn about themselves as well. Once each girl finds the ipu hula they feel is really, really theirs, the little gourds find that they too have re-captured their long-lost feelings of “being connected.” In spite of life’s uncertainties and insecurities, this story reminds us all that happy endings are possible, even in the most unexpected of places.