Author Linda Boyden visits Texas and signs copies of delightful picture book
Boy and Poi Poi Puppy: A Tale Of Puppy Love - What happens when a lonely boy stumbles upon a poi dog?
By: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
Boyden, storyteller, and part time-teacher's other works include: The Blue Roses, debuted in 2002 from Lee and Low Books, winner of their New Voices Award and two other national awards, and was included on the CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) 2003 Choices list of recommended titles. Powwow's Coming, published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2007, illustrated by Boyden, and Giveaways: An ABC Book of Loanwords from the Americas, also published by University of New Mexico Press, and illustrated by Boyden. She is a longtime member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers.
Originally named after the Hawaiian staple food, poi, the poi dogs were used by Native Hawaiians as spiritual protectors for their children and as an actual food source. Fed poi to increase their body weight for human food consumption, partially due to traditional meat being limited, and partly due to Native tradition, they became known as poi puppies. The breed declined as the consumption of dog meat became unnecessary as a food source. Today, the term poi dog refers to a stray, a dog without a home. Boy and Poi Poi Puppy: A Tale Of Puppy Love asks, "What happens when a lonely boy stumbles upon a poi dog?" Discover how Boy and Poi Poi Puppy bond, as Boy pleads his case and brings Poi Poi Puppy home for good.