Book Hunters in Brief #153: Mythology & More from Oceania, Polynesia & Hawai'i

In honor of the release of Disney's Moana, Book Hunters in Brief presents a selection of mythology, folklore, and traditional tales from the South Pacific.

As brave as the men and women of our space program have been, it is hard to say anyone in the history of humankind has been more courageous than those who saw the vastness of the ocean and not only asked themselves what might be out there, but actually hoisted sail in order to find out. If you think about it, Neil Armstrong and the boys not only knew where they were going, they could look out the window and see both it and the place they were leaving. The earliest sailors didn't even know for certain that there was a there out there. For thousands of miles they saw nothing but water, and still they kept sailing. And that, dear reader, is why we had to invent words like courageous, audacious, intrepid, as well as foolhardy, reckless, and daft.

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai’I by Gerald McDermott
The Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson
South Pacific Mythology by Jim Ollhoff
The Impossible Voyage of Kon-Tiki by Deborah Kogan Ray
How Maui Slowed the Sun by Suelyn Ching Tune

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