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Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa
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Jul 01, 09

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens, fiction, picture-books, reviewed, gr-a
Read in July, 2009

I found this story remarkably touching. I don’t know if it’s an old folk tale or whether I’ve read the same story in another book, but the plot was very familiar to me. The themes of sacrifice and altruism are paramount here.

The illustrations are incredibly special. I love collage and the technique is used wonderfully here.

However, I have had only two recurrent nightmares in my life: one that started when I was eight and one (about tsunamis) that began when I was fourteen. The tsunami one started when I’d done some research about real earthquakes and tsunamis, as I was living just a couple of blocks from the Pacific Ocean and there had been a tsunami warning. I don’t think that this book would be nightmare inducing because of the way the story goes, but it could certainly scare certain overly sensitive children who live near a coastal area. I still recommend this book though because it is so beautiful and because the moral of the story is so laudable.

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