A children's picture story book.
"It's time to begin your training in the art of ninjutsu, Kimi!" Today is the first day of young Kimi's ninja training. You see, her Ninja Mom comes from a long line of female ninja warriors, who were taught by a divine creature in the mountains of Japan. Now it's Kimi's turn to learn ninja skills from her beloved Grandma Bachan, who brings her a Hawai'ian tiki for good luck. But soon, Kimi will need more than luck when a group of monsters is accidentally unleashed from the tiki. She'll require the help of her Ninja Mom, inventor Dad, and warrior Bachan to complete her first ninja lesson. This cultural adventure marks the first release in Hanámi's NINJA MOM series-- inspired by the folklore and mythology from her own Japanese and Hawai'ian heritage. Each tale encourages young readers to address life's surprises with strength, positivity, and humor. Hanámi also fosters learning, by inserting Japanese and Hawai'ian words, highlighted throughout and also defined in a glossary. Vivid illustrations by Don Schmidt deliver colorful action, further bringing this NINJA MOM tale to life for readers of all ages.
REN HANAMI (Creator of all things Ninja Mom) is an award-winning actress, writer, and filmmaker who brings her "Aloha Spirit" to everything she does. Her passion for storytelling and creating the world of Ninja Mom was inspired by her Japanese/Hawaiian Mom and a desire to see strong female action heroes! Ren's screenplay NINJA MOM took her to the 2013 Hawai'i International Film Festival Writers' Accelerator Lab and was a Semifinalist in the 2015 and 2016 UCLA Extension Feature Film Writing Competitions. It was also a Semifinalist in the 2017 We Screenplay Diverse Voices Screenwriting Competition; a Semifinalist in the 2018 Screencraft Family Friendly Screenplay Contest; and a Quarterfinalist in the 2018 Screencraft SciFi and Fantasy Screenplay Contest. Her screenplay NATIVE LAND, RISING SUN was a Finalist in the 2018 We Screenplay Diverse Voices Screenwriting Competition. Ren's trailer for her TV pilot KIMI HANNA: FASHIONISTA NINJA was a Finalist in the 2017 Women In Film Mini-Upfronts Competition. Her short film LIKE LAST NIGHT has garnered Best Coming of Age Short at the 2017 Culver City Film Festival; Best Emerging Talent in the 2018 Golden State Film Festival; and Ren won Best Short Film Supporting Actress at the 2018 Silicon Beach Film Festival.