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[[ Free Reading ]] Tsunami!Author Kimiko Kajikawa –

A gorgeous, darkly illustrated book about sacrifice, and possibly something about respecting nature and valuing life over livelihood Layers in meaning and layers in the collage art. Ojiisan is the wealthiest person in his small village His wisdom has people walking the crooked track up the mountain to ask for his advice Ojiisan decides not to go to the rice harvest celebration in the village because something does not feel right to him So he watches the celebration from high above on the mountain When the first earthquake comes it doesn t stop the celebration below Then Ojiisan sees the sea moving away from the shore, he realizes what is happening tsunami But how can he warn the villagers celebrating below him This simple, strong story about one man s sacrifice to save others in danger is breathtaking Young s paper illustrations are gripping and fully capture the incredible strength of the disaster and the wonder of survival Kajikawa s text is short, simple and even effective for those reasons There is enough drama to carry the story forward without flowery language.Highly recommended and timely, this book will not sit still on the shelf The cover alone will sell it and just wait until people take a peek inside Wonderful storytelling combined with great illustrations Appropriate for ages 4 8. Tsunami takes the reader to a rural town in early 20th century Japan during a traditional rice harvest celebration During the festivities, the town elder senses the severity of one of the earthquakes that causes no alarm to the the villagers who are too preoccupied with the festivities to notice the magnitude of this particular tremor in a land frequently shaken with earthquakes The elder ignites his rice field, which is the source of his entire year s income, that triggers the villagers to race up the mountain to help the village elder extinguish the fire, where together they watch in horror as their town is washed away by the sea Tsunami was published two years before the devastating March 2011 tsunami that struck northern Japan, but illustrates the community oriented society of the Japanese that was witnessed by the world after the 2011 natural disaster This book could tie to the curriculum as a lesson on the science behind an earthquake and tsunami, to the social studies side of the story where a class can discuss the effects natural disasters have on communities, or to the history of the March 2011 tsunami In addition to the links to curriculum, this book provides a window into the Japanese culture of rice farmers, who surprisingly constitute much of Japan to this day The illustrations further the cultural experience for the reader as Young utilizes traditional Japanese handmade paper to illustrate what the fields and villages look like in rural Japan and what cultural festivities are performed during harvest In addition to painting a picture of life in Japan, Kajikawa inserts a few Japanese words throughout the story, forcing the reader who does not understand Japanese to rely on contextual clues to understand what these words mean Because translating the depth of what some of these words convey in their native language is difficult, I thought this choice to include the actual Japanese word was very appropriate and could lead to discussion with the class about how words sometimes carry meaning than a translation can provide Even though Tsunami has many positive attributes, perhaps my favorite part of the book is the theme that taking care of your neighbors is important than any wealth you may have Overall, I would recommend this book to its intended audience of kindergarten, first, and second graders as well as older elementary students who could do extended projects from it. Tsunami is adapted from Lafcadio Hearn s story A Living God is a story about a rice farmer name Ojiisan which mean grandfather who lived in a Japanese village by the sea Ojiisan is the wealthiest person in the village and lived on a high mountain that overlooked the village and the sea One day during the rice harvest ceremony approached a tsunami that only Ojiisan saw from his mountain top cottage Oijjsan made the ultimate sacrifice to save all the villagers who were celebrating the rice harvest down by the sea by sacrificing his only means of support and finance Tsunami is a wonderful story that teachers can read to their classroom and have discussion on the power of what one person sacrifice can do to change the lives of so many others in the community The illustration in the story are done with collage and present to its reader a stunning and vivid image of the effect a natural disaster such as a Tsunami have on our planet I would recommend this book to children ages 3 up Grade K up For younger children this book is a great read aloud and many opportunities for open ended questions and answers about tsunami For older students they can research and then describe how a tsunami occurs and where tsunamis take place The students can then create a time line of major tsunamis in history and discuss how they could prepare for a tsunami.Tsunami is a good book to use as a teaching tool the next time there is a tsunami that causes destruction somewhere in the world.Tsunami won the Parent s Choice Silver Honor 2009. Tsunami Kimiko Kajikawa, Ed Young Illustrator 2009Genre non fictionFormat picture bookPlot Summary 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.Considerations suspenseful overtonesReview Citation School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 1, p76 Young uses a panoply of papers to create collages that tell the story of a sacrifice that saved hundreds of lives Patterned and marbled papers, fibrous grass cloth, translucent rice paper and tissue, photographic magazine papers, and even corrugated cardboard are keenly cut, roughly torn, layered, wrinkled, mounted, and manipulated to produce images that range from dead calm to the sea spittled tumult of a roiling vortex that promises to consume everything in its path The art reflects the frenzy of the events and is a departure from the serene, controlled, and balanced work we know of Young Selection Source ALA Notable Children s Books 2010Recommended age 5 8 Published in 2009 by PhilomelInterest Level 5th 8th GradeThis was an interesting perspective of a Tsunami and its effect on people The main characters of the story, the grandfather and grandson, set fire to their grain to save the villagers who are to busy celebrating in a festival to realize that a giant Tsunami wave is coming I was somewhat confused by the story, since in my understanding a Tsunami is a hurricane, but then I realized that it is a giant tidal wave The illustrations are in a collage form that makes for quite crowded illustrations that are distracting from the story for me The story is relegated to a small area at the bottom of the page and the collage illustrations take up the entire two page spread I also had a problem with the way the grandfather and grandson were illustrated, since their skin color continued to change throughout the book they started out brown and went to an orange red color I am not sure how culturally authentic this method of illustration or use of color was, but the story seemed to be authentic I wish there had been development of culture in the story besides including some Japanese words and a Japanese festival. WOW. Great story about a sensitive rice farmer who knew what was most important and how to take care of people based on a true story This is my read aloud for this week for all grade levels, K 5 In light of what has happened in Japan, I want our students to get a sense of understanding of what is happening in the world around them I choked up several times while reading this book this morning. Ojiisan, The Oldest And Wealthiest Man In The Village, Doesn T Join The Others At The Rice Ceremony Instead He Watches From His Balcony He Feels Something Is Coming Something He Can T Describe When He Sees The Monster Wave Pulling Away From The Beach, He Knows Tsunami But The Villagers Below Can T See The Danger Will Ojiisan Risk Everything He Has To Save Them Can He Illustrated In Stunning Collage By Caldecott Winner Ed Young, Here Is The Unforgettable Story Of How One Man S Simple Sacrifi Ce Saved Hundreds Of Lives An Extraordinary Celebration Of Both The Power Of Nature And The Power Each Of Us Holds Within