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Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa
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Mar 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mosaic-project, picture-book, folk-tale, bravery, altruism
Read in March, 2012

This book tells the legend of how Ojiisan, the wise and wealthy village elder, saves his village from a thundering tsunami. Ojiisan watches as villagers gathered to celebrate the rice harvest and only he feels the tremor of a slight earthquake. Sensing the village is in danger and trusting his instincts, he sets fire to his entire rice crop to warn the villagers of impending danger. This visually compelling story of bravery and selflessness helps mark the first anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

This story is based on a long-told Japanese legend. Like many legends, there is a grain of truth. In the late 1880s, Hamaguichi Goryou saved his small Japanese village by setting fire to sheaves of rice to guide the villagers to safety; to learn more about the real Ojiisan, see http://www.town.hirogawa.wakayama.jp/....

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