Imagine the beautiful island of Hawaii 500 years before it was ever known by that name. Imagine a world at one with nature and all that belongs to it. Imagine a place of unimaginable warmth and beauty.
Welcome to The Kingdom of Oceana…
Have you ever wished you could escape your daily life just for a little while to visit someplace magical? Recently I’ve had the privilege to do just that.
Author Mitchell Charles has woven a fantastical tale of sibling rivalry, magic, and triumph in his new book, The Kingdom of Oceana. Set five centuries ago in what is now known as the Hawaiian Isles, this story tells a page-turning tale of a teenage prince, Ailani, and his older brother, Nahoa.
After trespassing on land that is strictly forbidden, the brothers stumble across an old tiki mask. This sets the stage for a waterfall of events which happen at lightning speed. A peaceful kingdom soon becomes at risk of war, until a plague of cursed sea creatures changes the direction of the conflict and causes potential enemies to unite against a common foe.
I can’t say enough good things about this book. Being the nerd that I am, I absolutely loved the intricate details about the lore of this culture, the pain-stakingly exhaustive description of the landforms, and the glossary of Hawaiian words included at the end of the book. I know more now about the geography and legends of this beautiful land than I ever could have possibly learned in school.
On top of that, about halfway through the book I reached a point where I was literally on the edge of my seat and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. In fact, as I read the last page, I remember thinking, This can’t be the end. I want more!
And that’s not all.
As a homeschool mom, I was absolutely giddy with excitement when I saw the study guides that are available as a supplement to this outstanding book. Not only are there stunning photos of relevant Hawaiian landscape, but these study guides also cover literature, humanities, history, and earth science.
Even now my heart is beating fast as I think about the fact that this entire set comprises a unit study I can use with my kids!
I can not tell you enough times how highly I recommend this book and these study guides. I cannot wait to jump into this with my kids.
And if that’s not enough, Mitchell Charles is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to the Oceanic Society.
Now is the perfect time to escape the looming cold weather to enter this magical place and glimpse a world unlike any you’ve seen before.
(Disclaimer- I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)