Thursday, February 22, 2018

784 (2018 #7). Sakura's Cherry Blossoms


by Robert Paul Weston,
illustrated by Misa Saburi

This is a lovely story about moving to a new country and missing people and places left behind, but eventually adapting.  Sakura (whose name means cherry blossom in Japanese) is lonely and misses her grandmother back in Japan when her father's job takes his family to the United States, but eventually she makes a friend.  While the illustrations, rendered in Photoshop, are okay, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the entire book was written as a series of tanka poems, a Japanese format similar to haiku (with the first three lines set up the same) but with two additional lines of seven syllables each, for a total of five lines and 31 syllables.   This will be a good addition to my university library's children's literature collection used by future teachers, as I can easily see this book being used in both language arts (writing) and social studies lessons.

© Amanda Pape - 2018

[This hardbound copy was obtained through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an independent review.  It will be added to my university library's collection.]

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