Downloadable Literature Guides

You can purchase the 61-page Hawaiian trio for Calvin Coconut, Trouble Magnet (27-page realistic fiction), Night of the Seven Splashes (22-page feltboard legend) and Surfer of the Century (12-page biography) by Ellie Crowe! NOW for immediate download for only $18.95! Click here to purchase and download.

 Surfer of the Century
by Ellie Crowe

A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

Duke Kahanamoku grew up in Hawaii in the early part of the Twentieth Century. His father taught him to swim when he was 4 years-old by tying a rope to his waist and tossing him from the outrigger canoe into the ocean! He began swimming every time he could, getting stronger and stronger in the powerful ocean waves that powered his surfboard. Do you think he was afraid of sharks in the Pacific Ocean? NO! He was taught that sharks around the islands were the protectors of the people.

Life wasn't always easy for Duke. He worked hard to make surfboards to sell so his family could eat. He surfed and swam miles every day. Because he did poorly in school, he dropped out of high school and worked on the beach and welcomed visitors with his friendly "Aloha!"

But how did Duke become the Surfer of the Century? What did he have that others didn't have? What did he develop that improved swimming skills and gave YOU a valuable skill? What mistake did he make that almost made him miss the biggest event of his life? Why would Hawaii make a statue of him? You'll find out when you read this beautiful picture book biography of the gentle, shy, big-footed surfer!

Research Links
for Surfer of the Century

Author Ellie Crowe
Books of Ellie Crowe
Kite Surfing
Underwater Hotspots

Rose's Hawaiian Music

Hawaiian Islands Guide

Find Your Hawaiian Name


Coral Reefs

Ocean Web Sites
World Map

Crossword Puzzle
(corrected for Tempests and Teamwork)

Elvis Sings "Hawaiian Sunset"
"The Hawaiian Wedding Song"


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SPY! The Biography of Nathan Hale
The Boy Who Invented TV (Philo Farnsworth) by Kathleen Krull
When Marian Sang, The Biography of Marian Anderson
Stand Tall, Abraham Lincoln!
George Washington's Teeth
Bull's Eye, the Biography of Annie Oakley
The Boy on Fairfield St., the Biography of Dr. Seuss
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan
Shakespeare and the Globe by Aliki
Lewis and Clark and Me by Laurie Myers
The Riches of Oseola McCarty by Evelyn Coleman
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
Mary on Horseback
by Rosemary Wells
The Tarantula in My Purse by Jean Craighead George
Thomas Edison, the Brilliant Inventor
The Tarantula Scientist (Sam Marshall) by Sy Montgomery
That Book Woman--Pack Horse Librarians
Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez, by Kathleen Krull
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret Unit--$6.95

Strong Right Arm, the Story of Mamie (Peanut) Johnson by Michelle Y. Green
Phineas Gage, A Gruesome, but True Story of Brain Science by John Fleischman
Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull  --The picture book biography of Wilma Rudolph who overcame polio to become the fastest woman in the world. Buy the trio of Heroes with Handicaps units including Wilma Unlimited, Lou Gehrig, the Luckiest Man, and Hero of Bremen.

Ocean and Hawaiian Literature
Calvin Coconut, Trouble Magnet
by Graham Salisbury
Down, Down, Down--Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino
Sea Clocks (longitude and latitude) by Louise Borden

Surfer of the Century

A 12-page unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts or projection on your SmartBoard for Surfer of the Century is now available!

The Unit Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Readers’ Theater Introduction
Getting Ready to Read Nonfiction--Pretest
Map Activity: Where in the World is Hawaii?
Character Study
Vocabulary List
Vocabulary Bingo
Taking Waves, Making Waves
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Olympic Champion Research
Olympic Champion Writing
Comparing Books
Answer Pages


Night of the Seven Splashes is included with Calvin Coconut and Surfer of the Century in the Kids Wings Tempests and Teamwork Collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. Our Tempests and Teamwork package includes a site license for one school, a spiral bound book, and CD containing 29 titles with over 700 pages of activities, nine "Jeopardy-type" games, Karoke-type songs, and professionally recorded songs! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Tempests and Teamwork, you can get 29 literature guides for only $25, or less than $1 each! This is probably the greatest bargain in the USA, as long as quantities last!


Special Thanks to the talented Mickey Gentle for generously allowing us to use his original composition "Nau-wale-no-1127702004" as our background music.

Special thanks to Carolyn's Precious Memories for providing links to Elvis's Hawaiian songs!


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