The Tsunami Quilt

Cover: The Tsunami Quilt

April 1, 1946 - an enormous tsunami wave strikes Hilo, Hawai'i, causing death and destruction. Even those islanders who are fortunate to have survived find their lives forever altered. Young Kimo loves his grandfather very much - they go everywhere together, sharing island stories and experiences. But there is one story his grandfather has yet to share and that is the reason behind their yearly pilgrimage to Laupahoehoe Point. Here, in silent remembrance, Grandfather places a flower lei atop a stone monument. It is only after his grandfather's sudden death that Kimo learns the story behind their annual visit and the reason for the sadness that has haunted his grandfather throughout the years. Evocative writing brings this tragic event from Hawaiian history to present-day reality for young readers today.Award-winning children's author Anthony D. Fredericks is a former reading specialist who now teaches at York College in York, Pennsylvania. He has authored more than 35 children's books on a variety of science, nature, and environmental topics. The Tsunami Quilt is his first book for Sleeping Bear Press. Tammy Yee grew up in Honolulu, Hawai'i, exploring tide pools and enjoying the beauty of the natural world, which provided inspiration for her future career in children's books. She lives in Windward, Oahu. Tammy also illustrated A is for Aloha: A Hawai'i Alphabet for Sleeping Bear Press.



  • Dewey: F
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585363131): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2007, 05/25/2007
  • PDF (9781410308450): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2011, 09/01/2011
  • Hosted ebook (9781627533966): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
  • Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
  • Series: Tales of Young Americans


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 3
  • Lexile® Measure: 650
  • Guided Reading Level: S
  • ATOS Reading Level: 4.7
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 115790
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects


  • Storytelling World Awards Honor in the Pre-Adolescent Listeners category, Winner, 2008
  • Bank Street College of Education--Best Book of the Year List, Short-listed, 2007


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Author: Anthony D. Fredericks

Anthony is well known for his energetic, humorous, and highly informative school visits throughout North America. The award-winning author's dynamic presentations have captivated thousands of students in Canada, Mexico, and across the United States. He is as passionate about kids and learning as he is about children's literature. A former elementary teacher and reading specialist, Anthony is the author of more than 100 books, including more than 65 teacher resource books and three-dozen children's books. His education titles include the best-selling Science Fair Handbook (3rd Ed.), which he co-authored with Isaac Asimov (Goodyear) and the hugely popular Frantic Frogs and Other Frankly Fractured Folktales for Readers Theatre (Teacher Ideas Press). Fredericks is also the author of several trade books including the perennial favorite The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Teacher. Anthony is a professor of education at York College, York, Pennsylvania where he teaches elementary methods courses and children's literature.

Illustrator: Tammy Yee

Tammy Yee grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she explored tide pools, swam in streams and wrote and illustrated spooky stories her teachers politely read. After she graduated from college she worked as a nurse. Having children rekindled her love for picture books, so in 1994 she exchanged her stethoscope for a paintbrush and she's been illustrating ever since. Tammy lives in Windward Oahu with her family, three birds, two upside-down jellyfish and a guinea pig named Twinkie.