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The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
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Jul 31, 12

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Read on June 29, 2012

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 not-too-distant islands, fishing, and swimming.

But the sea and earth hold more than just happy times in their span. They are also menacing – deadly. One day a great wave bears down on the village. It destroys the scrawny homes built on the beaches and kills Jiya’s parents and siblings.

Can Jiya learn to accept the death of his parents and move on with life? And will the flooded families ever develop the courage to once again dwell by the sea?

Conclusion. An unusual story about a family that stuck together through tough times and practiced exceptional charity.


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