Kajikawa, Kimiko. Tsunami! New York: Philomel Books, 2009.
“A wealthy man in a Japanese village, who everyone calls Ojiisan, which means grandfather, sets fire to his rice fields to warn the innocent people of an approaching tsunami.” – CIP Extraordinarily powerful illustrations.
Paterson, Katherine. The Master Puppeteer. New York: Harper Collins, 1975.
A thirteen-year-old boy lives in lonely poverty, learning how to take pride in his own skills, in eighteenth century Japan. [Historical fiction; Japan; Poverty]
Reibstein, Mark. Wabi Sabi. New York : Little, Brown, 2008.“Wabi Sabi, a cat living in the city of Kyoto, learns about the Japanese concept of beauty through simplicity as she asks various animals she meets about the meaning of her name.” – CIP Beautifully collaged illustrations!
Say, Allen. The Boy in the Garden. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010.
A quietly beautiful picture book for reflective inquisitive readers 8 to 14 years old. [Cranes (Birds); Dreams; Japan; Winter]
Say, Allen. Drawing from Memory. New York : Scholastic Press, 2011.
An autobiographical account of the author and artist’s childhood. Highly recommended.
Say, Allen. Erika-san. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008.
“After falling in love with Japan as a little girl, Erika becomes a teacher and fulfills her childhood dream by moving to a remote Japanese island.” CIP
Say, Allen. Grandfather’s Journey. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
“A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather’s journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.” CIP
Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy. Puffin, 1976.
A classic story of courage about a little boy who is treated like an outsider. Caldecott Honor Book. Highly recommended.
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