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The Great Wave: A Children's Book Inspired by Hokusai

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Hokusai s classic woodcut of a majestic wave becomes the starting point for a storybook children will want to read again and again. On a stormy winter's day, a baby boy, Naoki, is swept into a fisherman's boat by a great wave. Years pass, but still Naoki does not grow. Must he return to the ocean in order to become a young man? The answer arrives in the form of a mythic fi ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 20th 2011 by Prestel (first published 2010)
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I found this book with the cover of ‘the Great Wave’, the work of art, so I decided to give this book a read. The authors made a story around this woodcut.

A family is not able to have a child and pray for a child. We see the fisherman and the great wave and it brings a baby to the man without one. They are so happy. Then the child and family are happy together. When the child should be growing he isn’t . He wonders where he came from and who he should love. A beautiful fish comes and takes him
معصومه توکلی
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
عنوان ترجمه فارسی: موج بزرگ
(کتابی کوچک با الهام از هنرمندی بزرگ-4)
Sheila Ortega
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad this book is large enough to showcase the wonderful illustrations, done in the style of the famous Japanese woodblock printmaker Hokusai. The story provides a great way to introduce children to Japanese art and the other 5 de mayo, the Japanese festival Koinobori. The backmatter includes a reproduction of Hokusai's most famous work and information about the work, the artist, his influence on the impressionists, Japan, and Koinobori. Our school's 5 de mayo festivities are going to includ ...more
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Eine wunderschönes Buch für zwischendurch. Die Zeichnungen gefallen mir ausgesprochen gut und durch das große Format kommen sie sehr gut zur Geltung. Die Geschichte selbst ist in wenigen Worten erzählt, fast märchenhaft. Obwohl nur aus wenigen Seiten bestehend, schaffen es Massenot & Pilorget einen stimmungsvollen Ausschnitt der japanischen Kultur lebendig werden zu lassen. ...more
Rachel Smith
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Great Wave is one of my favorite art pieces, so I appreciate this unique culturally accurate story about what the art piece could have been about. I could use it in an art unit to talk about meaning in art.
The artwork is sublime.
The story has 3 magical twists that engage our imagination. How can we use this book? It leads on to imagining and describing the people's sensory experiences. It lends itself to prediction questions. The character development at the end is inferred, the rest is literal.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story and great lead in to art lessons about The Great Wave!
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