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The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
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Jun 06, 10

bookshelves: young-adults, graphic-novels
Read in April, 2010

** spoiler alert ** This is part of a trilogy, so I suspect we will follow our heroine Elwa as she grows into a woman. She starts as a young girl, and lives in a small village in Korea. Her mother is widowed, so she works very hard to support their little family.
The two most remarkable things about this book are the simple yet beautiful drawings, very evocative of the beauty of Korea in spring (even though they are in black and white). The other remarkable thing about this book is the loving and supportive relationship between mother and daughter. Elwa's mother notes each spring how Elwa is growing into a woman, and her response is kind, gentle, and completely supportive of Elwa's bewilderment and curiosity. A lovely book for a younger teen girl (13-14).
Yet to come: torn between two love interests-the poised and handsome son of a wealthy farmer, and the bumbling but hopelessly smitten young monk she encounters frequently in her small town. What will happen next?

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