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The Big Wave

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,673 ratings  ·  162 reviews

Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. Everyone, including Kino and Jiya, has heard of the big wave. No one suspects it will wipe out the whole village and Jiya's family, too. As Jiya struggles to overcome his sorrow, he understands it is in the presence of danger that one learns to be brave, and to appr

Published September 14th 2013 by Scholastic Professional Books (first published 1947)
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Jonathan Peto
This short book for intermediate level readers is a simple story written in a majestic style that gives the narration the power of myth. I loved it. A boy named Kino tells most of the story even though the story's protagonist is probably his friend, Jiya. Jiya's father is a fisherman. They live in a small village on the Japanese coast. Kino lives on a farm on a terraced mountainside that overlooks the fishing village and the ocean.

The story is simple, but heavy with meaning. Kino's father is oft
بسام عبد العزيز
عندما يعشق شخص مادي براجماتي مثلي رواية بمثل هذه الرومانسية فإنها بالفعل شيء مختلف!

استمتعت بكل كلمة في الرواية.. بكل تشبيه.. بكل عبارة يقولها الأبطال..

تعاطفت مع ضحايا البركان.. و حزنت لموت عائلة البطل.. و فرحت بقاربه الجديد..
منذ فترة طويلة جدا لم أشعر بالأحداث حية بهذا الشكل... كأن شخوص القصة تتمثل أمامي من لحم و دم!

أما عن الفلسفة العميقة فحدث ولا حرج!
أنت لا تحتاج إلى عبارات طويلة ولا إلى كلمات معقدة ولا إلى تشبيهات مختلفة لتضفي عمقا على كتاباتك.. أنت فقط تحتاج إلى بشر عاديين يواجهون مصاعب الح
The theme of the book is always have family by your side .In the novel The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck young Kino lives in the island of Japan with his mother, father, and little sister Setsu. His best friend Jiya lives with his family in Japan near the water too. Every one has heard of the big wave and has believed in the big wave. Kino and Jiya do not even know what the big wave is .Never mind believe in it. When the big wave strikes Jiya goes through a loss. Jiya has lost his whole family and h ...more
Shahera Mostafa
رائعة..تبدو وكأنها قصة حقيقية لأناس حقيقيين..بسيطة جدا وعلي الرغم من بساطتها إلا أنها مليئة بالحكم..شعور قوي بالهدوء والسكينة بعد الانتهاء من القراءة...سعدت بها جدا جدا...
This is one amazing book written by one amazing authoress! So many important topics were introduced in this heart-warming story about the lives of two little Japanese boys - natural disasters, life, death, friendship, courage, bravery, acceptance. In 78 pages (i.e. the edition I have), Pearl S. Buck was able to convey all these difficult topics to her readers, the young and the old, in such a way that one easily takes these ideas/Japanese philosophies to heart.

A few of my favourite quotes from
A YES for the 12/13 yr. read aloud!

What a little treasure hiding in my library shelves! AT 57 pages one might not think there could be too much to it, only it's written by Pearl Buck, so of course she can pack everything she wanted to about the subject into such a tiny book.

I know next to nothing about the Japanese culture, but I felt captivated by the people in this book and their outlook on life.

I think this will be a great book to read aloud to kids of any age. If we don't read it to our F
Summary: Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. Everyone, including Kino and Jiya, has heard of the big wave. No one suspects it will wipe out the whole village and Jiya's family, too. As Jiya struggles to overcome his sorrow, he understands it is in the presence of danger that one learns to be brave, and to appreciate how wonderful life can be.The famous story of a Japanese boy who must face life after escaping the tidal wave ...more
Anne Elizabeth
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Kori Looker
"The Big Wave" is an inspiring story. Kino and his friend, Jiya, both live in Japan on different levels. Jiya lives on the beach as a fisherman. Kino lives on the mountain as a farmer. They both have heard of the big wave, but never thought much of it until it changed Jiya's life forever. The day the big wave came, Jiya lost his family, his home, and his happiness. Kino's family took Jiya in as their son. Jiya knew one day he would return to his home beach, and he did with Kino's sister, Setsu, ...more
Corbin Billington
The Big Wave is a book with great meaning and truly teaches readers a great significance to life. I gave The Big Wave four stars for the fact that it has more impact on the reader than most other books I have read. It tells a story of the people living in Japan and the dangerous things that could happen while living there. They know their lives are constantly on edge and somehow they learn to live with these fears while still enjoying life. In fact, life to them means more than to the average pe ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Aaron_ebert rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9-13
Recommended to Aaron_ebert by: Corbin Billington
Shelves: childrens-books
"The Big Wave" was a book based on the life of the fictional character Jiya, a young boy from a farm village placed directly in between the ocean and the Mountains of Japan. Jiya's family died in the great storm and his best friend's parents were forced to raise him as their own. An old gentleman who owned a school specifically designed for orphans came and offered to adopt Jiya as his own son! You will have to read the book to find out the ending. This book would be perfect for children between ...more
My thanks to April for letting me know about this book. I agree with her comments, and I also think it does a great job in bringing into the story why people rebuild in a devastated area.

These quotes from the story could've been written about here in N.O.:

father to son: "... Every day of life is more valuable now than it was before the storm."

'But time, however long, was split in two parts by the big wave. People spoke of "the time before" and "the time after" the big wave. The big wave had cha
جابر طاحون
بير باك أول أمريكية تفوز بنوبل ، الأديبة التي عاشت بين الصينين منذ طفولتها ، و من الحكايات و الأساطير الصينية استلهمت مادتها الابداعية ، و ثراءها الفكري ، و فعلها الابداعي . عشقت حضارة الشرق الأقصي و تعرفت علي مبادئ البوذية و الكونفوشيوسية .
آمنت بأن الزمان و المكان لا يغيران من جوهر الانسان .كتبت تقول : " كان اهتمامي الرئيسي و متعتي الحقيقية يكمنان في إثراء معرفتي بالناس ، و طالما أنني أعيش بين الصينيين ، فمن الممتع حقًا أن أتعرف علي حياتهم أكثر فأكثر ، لا علي أساس أنهم مواطنون ينتمون إلي بقعة
Title: The Big Wave
Author: Pearl S. Buck
Date of Publication: 1947
Award: Child Study Association Children's book Award (won a Pultzier for another novel as well as a recipient of Noble Prize for Literature).
Genre: Fiction
Summary: Kono lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. The boy's lives is forever changed when a giant wave sweeps over the village and Jiya's home and family parish. Jiya must make some difficult decisions in his str
The copy of this book I was given to read from my teacher was an old, beat up book that was stapled together with tape all down the spine. This gave me a clear first impression of the book: that it was a VERY frequently read book. And after reading it, I could see why. "The big wave" is an amazing story and to me, mostly a recovery story. After the tsunami hits jiya has to live with kino's family and has to recover from his being washed away.
This slim volume is an excellent choice for middle school students. Contains lessons about the fear of death, the will to live, and the value of friends and family. Would be an interesting selection to include in a thematic unit on natural disasters or survival stories.
I believe that the author's central idea of "The Big Wave" by Pearl S. Buck is to show how life is for a village located in Japan once a humungous tidal wave hits the village directly. The novel takes place in a village on the shoreline of Japan. The novel is told i third person limited. Jiya is the main character/protagonist and he lives in a village with his family, including his father, mother, and sister. Jiya's best friend is Kino, who also lives in the same village of Jiya, with his family ...more
A very short read with an incredibly powerful message. After a tsunami destroys a small fishing village in Japan, one surviving boy discovers that life is more powerful than death. A beautifully written story with lots to think about.
Wicked Incognito Now
Jan 06, 2008 Wicked Incognito Now rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, a study of Japanese culture, or dealing with scary weather phenomenon
Recommended to Wicked Incognito Now by: from the Sonlight book list
This is excellent for opening the discussion with children about fear of natural disasters.

Pearl S. Buck teaches us to love life for what it is, not to fear the unknown......

Short, children's story.
"The Big Wave" starts out as a village located in Japan. Were natives to the land are living. The people there are living off the land and sea. They are frightened by the sea and the land (plot).

Kino who lives on a farm on the side of a mountain. His friend, Jiya who lives on the beach down the mountain. Are the two main characters in the book. These two like to swim and go on adventures together (characterization).

"The Big Wave" takes place in present day time. The story takes place on a mounta
This what I like about children stories; the innocence that pops up in every part of it. While we used to take many things for granted , children keep always asking lots of whats and whys as they have that deep passion of exploring the world around. It would be sad, shame at the same time, if we,as adults, didn't provide a good answer just because we accepted things for what they are and didn't really bother ourselves thinking about it! !

I read this short story in order to tell it for my 4 year
Carolyn Lind
With one swipe of its evil claw, the tsunami wipes the village from the beach, leaving Jiya the only survivor of his family. He takes refuge with the family of Kino, his best friend. "Life is always stronger than death" becomes the theme as choices are made and life takes on new meaning. The father of the friend imparts wisdom both by example and by words:

"... Every day of life is more valuable now than it was before the storm."

"It is true that on any day ocean may rise into storm and volcano m
Pearl S. Buck is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of many adult novels, but this is the first children’s story that I’ve seen written by her.

The Story.

Kino and his family have always lived by the mighty ocean. They are as familiar with the sea as with their own turf – the pastureland that they farm. Although not fishermen themselves, they are friends with many of the village families, and Kino’s best friend, Jiya, is the son of a fisherman. Together Kino and Jiya often sail the coast, visiting
Sandra Stiles
Two friends, Kino and Jiya live in Japan. Kino's family farm the land on the side of a mountain. His best friend Jiya lives on the beach below where he fishes with his father. Kino fears the Volcano on his mountain and Jiya fears the sea might become angry. One day the bell at the castle begins to ring. Kino and his family rush outside. His father tells him this has happened once before and that the villagers below need to go to the castle. Kino sees several families or their children run to the ...more
At 57 pages, I read the book cover to cover on a commute downtown; what a journey it was. My eyes were welling up with tears on the subway and they were glued to the page while I was walking to the next transfer.

My aunts, uncles and cousins in a coastal town near Sendai recently lived through the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, losing neighbours and neighbourhoods close by. My aunt and uncle's condo tower was unstable with ceiling plaster falling in chunks, so they were suddenly living in their

Better known for her youth in China, Pearl Buck has written an insightful tale set in undated Japan. Best friends Kino and Jiya grow in different situations as their fathers are engaged in seemingly opposed occupations: rice farmer and fisherman. But Buck's theme--the interweaving of skills which provide a balanced tapesty of Life--is gently expresssed in this little book. Besides the aspect of childhood friendships, she deals with the heavy topic of the role of Dea
Miki Saiki
Harper Trophy - ages 8-12
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7word summary
Tsunami japan culuture life kids farm nature

What is the lesson from this book?
"People live with nature"
This is the basic perspective of Japanese lifestyle compared to European way of thinking, "live through overcoming nature."
I learned that no matter people do their best to overcome the great nature, it is impossible to live without nature. We have to thank to the gifts from the nature such as water, sunshine, winds, and many kinds of products from
In this short novel, we have Kino, a farmer’s son, and Jiya, a fisherman’s son. Kino lives high up the mountain whereas his friend, Jiya, lives on the beach with his family.

A big tsunami come, and for reasons I’m kind of not sure of, some families choose to stay on the beach.

His family having sent him to Kino’s family before the big wave, Jiya has to learn to deal with loss and learning to live again.

This is a short story, and what with the devastating tsunami of 2011 that hit Japan, I believe t
This is a jewel of a book discovered in a box of discarded books. Pearl Buck wrote this story, really a novella, in 1947 and this edition was published by Scholastic Books in 1960. It is fleshed out with brush drawings of scenes from the story.

It is the story of two friends in Japan, one boy who lives on the beach with his fisherman father; the other boy lives in the mountains with his farmer father. When the volcano erupts on the island where they live the families living on the beach are washe
Karen Taylor
This book is from an inherited collection of books that we have from my mother-in-law (who actually passed 3 years ago today). I picked it up last night during a stage of insomnia. The author explains that the illustrations are prints made by two famous Japanese artists from The late 1700's-early 1800's. We watch the journey of Jiya as he faces tragedy with his friend Kino by his side. The over-riding theme is facing fear, courage, true friendship and bouncing back. There are some great explanat ...more
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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (1892–1973) was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to t ...more
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