Surf War!: A Folktale from the Marshall Islands by Margaret Read MacDonald


Beautifully illustrated picture book assists in telling the story of Surf War! by Margaret Read MacDonald (I would love to have her middle name!). The story is simple, the whales and the sandpipers that inhabit the land are trying to decide if there are more whales than birds or more sandpipers than whales of the sea. This causes them to gather all of the whales and the whales cousins together; as well as all sandpipers and sandpipers cousins together. Because of the vastness of all the whales in the sea and the sandpipers on the beach, it was difficult to tell. 

So, the whales and sandpipers decided to wreak havoc on one another; this only created a nightmare for all of them as they were destroying their home. Read the story, to find out of how the whales and the sandpipers solved their unfortunate conflict.

What a glorious story of citizenship and the ability to live with one another. This book would be a great addition to a Social Studies unit to introduce being a citizen and how society is able to collaborate in order to live harmoniously together.  

Watch this interview of storyteller, Margaret Read MacDonald:



I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book everyday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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