Surf War!: A Folktale from the Marshall Islands

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The outcome of this timely yet timeless nature tale from Micronesia suggests we are all connected in the ecological chain. Whale and Sandpiper engage in a boasting contest over who rules the shoreline, which escalates to nearly destroy the ocean and beach altogether, as well as the creatures and shorebirds who inhabit it. A story about conflict resolution and ecological stewardship is embedded in a jaunty, humorous, colorful presentation.

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Overview

The outcome of this timely yet timeless nature tale from Micronesia suggests we are all connected in the ecological chain. Whale and Sandpiper engage in a boasting contest over who rules the shoreline, which escalates to nearly destroy the ocean and beach altogether, as well as the creatures and shorebirds who inhabit it. A story about conflict resolution and ecological stewardship is embedded in a jaunty, humorous, colorful presentation.

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Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn Sutorius
This folktale from the Marshall Islands chronicles what happens when animals get worked up over something small. Minding his own business, Sandpiper catches tiny fish as the waves roll in. Whale takes great offense as he believes whales are the owners of the ocean and that Sandpiper should stay away. Sandpiper stands up to the belligerent Whale and declares his right to the sea, claiming there are more sandpipers than whales. To prove his enemy wrong, Whale calls his brother whales, and then all of the whale cousins from the four corners. Sandpiper also calls for reinforcements, and it is hard to tell which camp has the most troops. Whale gets the bright idea to eat all of the land, and Sandpipers responds to this nastiness by leading all of the birds to drink the sea. When the Sandpiper sees that the bottom-dwelling sea creatures are "dying in the hot sun," he orders the birds to "spit back the water, "Ptoooie…ptoooie…ptoooie." The whales regurgitate the beach with a "glurk, glurk, glurk." The pods of porpoises, flocks of flamingos, and all the rest head home, leaving the former enemies to care for the habitat they both desperately need. The melodic native quality makes this an excellent read-aloud. Ever the professional, MacDonald includes source notes and the folktale motif number. It is not essential, but it is recommended as an additional purchase. Reviewer: Kristy Lyn Sutorius
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Sandpiper, who waits for the waves to deliver her meal of minnows, is confronted by angry Whale. He fancies himself the ruler of the sea and is furious with Sandpiper for invading his territory. After she points out that there are more sandpipers than whales, Whale insists that his kind outnumber the birds. He calls forth all of his brothers while Sandpiper shouts for her sisters. After no one can tell which side has more, Whale requests that his cousins come to the island: the dolphins, orcas, and porpoises. Sandpiper likewise calls, and flamingos, pelicans, egrets, and terns all appear. Still, no one can tell who has more. Whale commands his kind to eat up the land, while Sandpiper and the other birds drink up the sea. This turns out to be a losing proposition for both parties, who decide that they must all share their resources. The illustrations dominate the pages, with the birds and their backgrounds painted with bright shades of yellow, pink, and orange, while the sea and its creatures are deeper blues, grays, and purples. This charming story provides a moral about getting along with others and caring for the environment.—Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
This third collaboration between author and illustrator (Conejito, 2006, and Go to Sleep, Gecko!, 2007) derives from Micronesia, specifically the Marshall Islands. Little Sandpiper and great Whale have a surf war over territory. Each claims there is more of their kind; Whale calls forth his whale brothers and Sandpiper calls her sisters. More birds or more whales? Impossible to tell, so they next call for their cousins. Whale has an idea: If the whales eat up all the land, there will be no place for the birds to perch. Sandpiper has an idea: If the birds drink up all the sea, there will be no water for the whales. But, drying up the sea will also dry up the birds' food source, so they spit back the water and the whales spit back the island; the bragging contest ends in sharing "surf and turf." The telling is rich with a storyteller's voice and sound effects, while Valerio's bright blues and yellows span the spreads with broad, brush strokes that mirror the setting of this symbiotic, ecology folktale. (source notes) (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874838893
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/16/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,025,050
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted August 30, 2014

    Title: Surf War! - A Folktale from the Marshall Islands

    Title: Surf War! - A Folktale from the Marshall Islands
    Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
    Illustrator: Geraldo Valerio
    Publisher: August House/Little Folk
    Published: 32
    ISBN: 9780874838893
    Pages: 32
    Genre: Children's Fiction
    Tags: Conflict, Friendships
    Overall Rating: 5.0 Excellent
    Reviewed For: NetGalley
    Reviewer: DelAnne

    What is worth going to war over? Land? Food? Opinions? All three could be right, but under what conditions? One day a small sandpiper was out eating small minnows from the ocean when a very large whale came and saw what the sandpiper was doing and yelled at the sandpiper to stop! When the sandpiper refused an argument started over who there were more of, sandpipers or whales, the winner would have claim to the island and the ocean around it. Calling in their brothers and sisters and cousins there were so many they could not tell who had more. Then each side decide to make it impossible for the other side to survive.

    How far are they willing to go to win? Will they harm themselves just to prove a point? This is a fantastic children's story to teach young readers that although something looks like it is most important to be right about, it is easy to get caught up and go too far. It shows that compromise could be just the answer. Also just because your are different doesn't mean you can not get along and become friends.

    Pick up a copy to share with your young reader today.

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