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Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa
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Oct 25, 11

Read in October, 2011

Historical Fiction review:

This book began a long time ago in Japan with a wealthy rice farmer named Ojiisan. He lived near the sea in a cottage that was on a mountain. Ojiisan's name meant grandfather. People often walked up the hill to ask him for advice. One day his family prepared to walk down the hill to the rice harvest, but Ojiisan didn't want to go. He said something didn't feel right so he and his grandson stayed home. They watched the festival from the top of the mountain. Ojiisan felt rumbling under his feet and thought an earthquake was coming. An earthquake did come but it wasn't very strong. Ojiisan thought there was something strange about this earthquake. He looked toward the sea and saw that the sea was moving away from the land. He then remembered what his grandfather had told him about the monster wave called a Tsunami. He saw that the villagers didn't realize that they were in danger so he lit a torch and set all of his rice on fire. His grandson didn't understand why he was destroying the rice and he didn't have time to explain. He yelled to the people to run, but they couldn't hear him. Once they saw the rice burning they ran to put it out, but he told them not to because of the danger they were in. All of the villagers were safe on the top of the hill when the tsunami hit. It destroyed the entire village except for Ojiisan's house. Everyone was grateful that he saved their lives that they bowed before him. He opened his house to many of the people and they eventually built a temple in honor of him.

This is a picture book and is for children aged eight to twelve. An intermediate reader.

The artistic elements were great. The artist used a border on each page to separate the words from the illustrations. The colors were vivid. The people looked like paper doll figures.

I would recommend this book because it shows how a tsunami happens. Since we have heard about tsunamis in the news over the last few years I think it is good for children to know exactly what they are.

I gave this book a 4 star rating.

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