- Book Style: Toddler age appropriate story
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Cute, artistic
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Sherry Skovgaard
- Author’s Page: Sherry Skovgaard
- Book Purchase Page: Habika Learns to Hula – Paperback – $9.25
- Social Media Links: N/A
Habika Learns to Hula is a toddler and children’s story book by Sherry Skovgaard. The story starts off with Habika telling us about her love of the Hulu Dance. She wants to learn it, but hasn’t been able to yet. We see Habika traveling to many different places and cultures and learning their customs and dances. Each time, she’s happy but still hopes to go and learn the Hulu in Hawaii. Eventually, she gets her chance and we get to see her (and her mother) happy and excited.
One of the best parts of this book is the positive message it delivers. We’ve all heard the saying that you can do anything you put your mind to, but this book puts it in print. Habika is truly a character that lives her dream because she pursues it. If that’s not a great message to give to your toddlers as they begin to think about the world, then I don’t know what is.
Now, in my mind the best part of the book is the different cultures your toddler will be exposed to. The cultures are mostly what would be identified as African, and they all have their own traditions and customs. We’re lucky to be able to show our little ones something about these cultures, as Sherry has put them all together in Habika Learns to Hulu. Your toddler will learn and you’re likely to field a couple of questions about what Kenya or Zulu is (so be ready).
Of course, you can’t speak about a children’s book without talking about the illustrations. This book has a unique illustration style to it that I enjoyed. The characters and scenery in the book range from simple figures to detailed characters (like Habika). It’s an interesting mix of styles and it works.
See one of the things the style does is it draws your toddler’s eyes to specific points on each page. They’re drawn to specific scenery or characters and those are usually the focal point of that part of the book. It’s an ingenious way to help young children learn and I’m extremely impressed with how Barbara Tudek (our illustrator) has done this.
I also love the fact that the book is entirely positive. There’s nothing negative to be found in the entire story, and I enjoy when I can provide my little guy such a positive experience. There’s nothing like a wholly positive story before bed to make them feel good and this book is that entirely.
In the end, this is a great new book from Sherry Skovgaard and Barbara Tudek. The story is positive and delivers a fantastic message for kids and toddlers. The illustrations are fun and interesting, and the book is very inexpensive. You can pick up a paperback copy of Habika Learns to Hulu from Amazon for only $9.25 USD here.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,