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The author of The Good Earth tells a poignant story about two boys whose friendship and courage help them survive an overwhelming tragedy

On a mountainside in Japan, two boys enjoy a humble life governed by age-old customs. Jiya belongs to a family of fishermen; his best friend, Kino, farms rice. But when a neighboring volcano erupts and a tidal wave swallows their village—including Jiya’s family—life as they know it is changed forever. The ...
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The author of The Good Earth tells a poignant story about two boys whose friendship and courage help them survive an overwhelming tragedy

On a mountainside in Japan, two boys enjoy a humble life governed by age-old customs. Jiya belongs to a family of fishermen; his best friend, Kino, farms rice. But when a neighboring volcano erupts and a tidal wave swallows their village—including Jiya’s family—life as they know it is changed forever. The orphaned Jiya must learn to come to terms with his grief. Now facing a profoundly different life than the one he’d always taken for granted, he must decide on a new way forward.
Written with graceful simplicity, The Big Wave won the Children’s Book Award of the Child Study Association of America when it was first released.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.

His family and village swept away by a tidal wave, Jiya learns to live with the ever-present dangers from the sea and volcano.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781453263570
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
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  • Pages: 57
  • Sales rank: 115,100
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
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Meet the Author

Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United States. Throughout her life she worked in support of civil and women’s rights, and established Welcome House, the first international, interracial adoption agency. In addition to her highly acclaimed novels, Buck wrote two memoirs and biographies of both of her parents. For her body of work, Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, the first American woman to have done so. She died in Vermont. 
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The Big Wave

By Pearl S. Buck


Copyright © 1948 Pearl S. Buck
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-6357-0


Kino lived on a farm. The farm lay on the side of a mountain in Japan. The fields were terraced by walls of stone, each one of them like a broad step up the mountain. Centuries ago Kino's ancestors had built the stone walls that held up the fields.

Above all the fields stood the farmhouse that was Kino's home. Sometimes he felt the climb was a hard one, especially when he had been working in the lowest field and he wanted his supper. But after he had eaten at night and in the morning, he was glad that he lived so high up because he could look down on the broad blue ocean at the foot of the mountain.

The mountain rose so steeply out of the ocean that there was only a strip of sandy shore at its foot. Upon this strip was the small fishing village where Kino's father sold his vegetables and rice and bought his fish. From the window of his room Kino looked down upon the few thatched roofs of the village, running in two uneven lines on both sides of a cobbled street. These houses faced one another, and those that stood beside the sea did not have windows toward it. Since he enjoyed looking at the waves, Kino often wondered why the village people did not, but he never knew until he came to know Jiya, whose father was a fisherman.

Jiya lived in the last house in the row of houses toward the ocean, and his house did not have a window toward the sea either.

"Why not?" Kino asked him. "The sea is beautiful."

"The sea is our enemy," Jiya replied.

"How can you say that?" Kino asked. "Your father catches fish from the sea and sells them and that is how you live."

Jiya only shook his head. "The sea is our enemy," he repeated. "We all know it."

It was very hard to believe this. On hot sunny days, when he had finished his work, Kino ran down the path that wound through the terraces and met Jiya on the beach. They threw off their clothes and jumped into the clear sea water and swam far out toward a small island which they considered their own. Actually it belonged to an old gentleman whom they had never seen, except at a distance. Sometimes in the evening he came through the castle gate and stood looking out to sea. Then they could see him, leaning on his staff, his white beard blowing in the wind. He lived inside his castle behind a high fence of woven bamboo, on a knoll outside the village. Neither Kino or Jiya had ever been inside the gate, but sometimes when it was left open they had peeped into the garden. It was beautiful beyond anything they could imagine. Instead of grass the ground was covered with deep green moss shaded by pine trees and bamboos, and every day gardeners swept the moss with bamboo brooms until it was like a velvet carpet. They saw Old Gentleman walking under distant trees in a silver-gray robe, his hands clasped behind his back, his white head bent. He had a kind, wrinkled face, but he never saw them.

"I wonder if it is right for us to use his island without asking?" Kino asked today when they reached its beach of smooth white sand.

"He never uses it himself," Jiya replied. "Only the sacred deer live here."

The island was full of sacred deer. They were not afraid, for no one hurt them. When they saw the two boys they came to them, nuzzling into their hands for food. Sometimes Kino tied a little tin can of cakes about his waist and brought them with him to feed the deer. But he seldom had a penny, and now he reached high and picked the tender shoots of the rushes for them. The deer liked these very much and they laid their soft heads against his arm in gratitude.

Kino longed to sleep on the island some night, but Jiya was never willing. Even when they spent only the afternoon there he looked often out over the sea.

"What are you looking for?" Kino asked.

"Only to see that the ocean is not angry," Jiya replied.

Kino laughed. "Silly," he said. "The ocean cannot be angry."

"Yes, it can," Jiya insisted. "Sometimes the old ocean god begins to roll in his ocean bed and to heave up his head and shoulders, and the waves run back and forth. Then he stands upright and roars and the earth shakes under the water. I don't want to be on the island then."

"But why should he be angry with us?" Kino asked. "We are only two boys, and we never do anything to him."

"No one knows why the ocean grows angry," Jiya said anxiously.

But certainly the ocean was not angry this day. The sun sparkled deep into the clear water, and the boys swam over the silvery surface of rippling waves. Beneath them the water was miles deep. Nobody knew how deep it was, for however long the ropes that fishermen let down, weighted with iron, no bottom was ever found. Deep the water was, and the land sloped swiftly down to that fathomless ocean bed. When Kino dived, he went down—down—down, until he struck icy still water. Today when he felt the cold grasp his body he understood why Jiya was afraid, and he darted upward to the waves and the sun.

On the beach he threw himself down and was happy again, and he and Jiya searched for pebbles, blue and emerald, red and gold. They had brought little baskets woven like bags, which they had tied with string around their waists, and these they filled with the pebbles. Jiya's mother was making a pebble path in her rock garden, and nowhere were the pebbles so bright as on Deer Island.

When they were tired of the beach they went into the pine forest behind it and looked for caves. There was one cave that they always visited. They did not dare to go too deep into it, for it stretched downward and under the ocean. They knew this, and at the far end they could see the ocean filling it like a great pool and the tides rose and fell. The water was often phosphorescent and gleamed as though lamps were lighted deep beneath the surface. Once a bright fish lay dead on the rocky shore. In the dark cave it glittered in their hands, but when they ran with it into the sunshine, the colors were gone and it was gray. When they went back into the cave, it was bright again.

But however good a time they had on the island, Jiya looked often at the sun. Now he ran out on the beach and saw it sinking toward the west and he called to Kino.

"Come quickly—we must swim home."

Into the ocean, ruddy with sunset, they plunged together. The water was warm and soft and held them up, and they swam side by side across the broad channel. On the shore Jiya's father was waiting for them. They saw him standing, his hands shading his eyes against the bright sky, looking for them. When their two black heads bobbed out of the water he shouted to them and waded out to meet them. He gave a hand to each of them, pulling them out of the white surf.

"You have never been so late before, Jiya," he said anxiously.

"We were in the cave, Father," Jiya said.

But Jiya's father held him by the shoulders. "Do not be so late," he said, and Kino, wondering, looked at him and saw that even this strong fisherman was afraid of the anger of the sea.

He bade them good night and climbed the hill to his home and found his mother ready to set the supper on the table. The food smelled delicious—hot fragrant rice, chicken soup, brown fish.

No one was worried about Kino. His father was washing himself, pouring water over his face and head with a dipper, and his little sister, Setsu, was fetching the chopsticks.

In a few minutes they were all sitting on the clean mat around a low square table, and the parents were filling the children's bowls. Nobody spoke, for it is not polite to speak until the food is served and everybody has had something to eat.

But when the supper was over and Kino's father was drinking a little hot wine out of a very small cup, and his mother was gathering together the black lacquered wood rice bowls, Kino turned to his father.

"Father, why is Jiya afraid of the ocean?" he asked.

"The ocean is very big," Kino's father replied. "Nobody knows its beginning or its end."

"Jiya's father is afraid, too," Kino said.

"We do not understand the ocean," his father said.

"I am glad we live on the land," Kino went on. "There is nothing to be afraid of on our farm."

"But one can be afraid of the land, too," his father replied. "Do you remember the great volcano we visited last autumn?"

Kino did remember. Each autumn, after the harvest was in, the family took a holiday. They always walked, even little Setsu. They carried packs of food and bedding on their backs and in their hands tall staffs to help them up the mountainsides, and then forgetting all their daily tasks they walked to some famous spot. At home a kind neighbor tended the chickens and looked after the place. Last autumn they had gone to visit a great volcano twenty miles away. Kino had never seen it before, but he had heard of it often, and sometimes on a clear day, far to the edge of the sky, if he climbed the hill behind the farm, he could see a gray, fanlike cloud. It was the smoke from the volcano, his father had told him. Sometimes the earth trembled even under the farm. That was the volcano, too.

Yes, he could remember the great yawning mouth of the volcano. He had looked down into it and he had not liked it. Great curls of yellow and black smoke were rolling about in it, and a white stream of melted rock was crawling slowly from one corner. He had wanted to go away, and even now at night sometimes when he was warm in his soft cotton quilt in his bed on the matting floor he was glad the volcano was so far away and that there were at least three mountains between.

Now he looked at his father across the low table. "Must we always be afraid of something?" he asked.

His father looked back at him. He was a strong wiry thin man and the muscles on his arms and legs were corded with hard work. His hands were rough but he kept them clean, and he always went barefoot except for straw sandals. When he came into the house, he took even these off. No one wore shoes in the house. That was how the floors kept so clean.

"We must learn to live with danger," he now said to Kino.

"Do you mean the ocean and the volcano cannot hurt us if we are not afraid?" Kino asked.

"No," his father replied. "I did not say that. Ocean is there and volcano is there. It is true that on any day ocean may rise into storm and volcano may burst into flame. We must accept this fact, but without fear. We must say, 'Someday I shall die, and does it matter whether it is by ocean or volcano, or whether I grow old and weak?' ?

"I don't want to think about such things," Kino said.

"It is right for you not to think about them," his father said. "Then do not be afraid. When you are afraid, you are thinking about them all the time. Enjoy life and do not fear death—that is the way of a good Japanese."

There was much in life to enjoy. Kino had a good time every day. In the winter he went to a school in the fishing village, and he and Jiya shared a seat. They studied reading and arithmetic and all the things that other children learn in school. But in the summer Kino had to work hard on the farm, for his father needed help. Even Setsu and the mother helped when the rice seedlings had to be planted in the flooded fields on the terraces, and they helped, too, when the grain was ripe and had to be cut into sheaves and threshed. On those days Kino could not run down the mountainside to find Jiya. When the day was over he was so tired he fell asleep over his supper.

But there were days when Jiya also was too busy to play. Word came in from the fishermen up the coast that a school of fish was passing through the channels and then every fishing boat made haste to sail out of the bays and inlets into the main currents of the sea. Early in the morning, sometimes so early that the light was still that of the setting moon, Jiya and his father sailed their boat out across the silvery sea, to let down their nets at dawn. If they were lucky the nets came up so heavy with fish that it took all their strength to haul them up, and soon the bottom of the boat was flashing and sparkling with the wriggling fish.

Sometimes, if it were not seedtime or harvest, Kino went with Jiya and his father. It was an exciting thing to get up in the night and dress himself in his warm padded jacket tied around his waist. Even in summer the wind was cool over the sea at dawn. However early he got up, his mother always got up, too, and gave him a bowl of hot rice soup and some bean curd and hot tea before he started. Then she packed his lunch in a clean little wooden box, cold rice and fish and a bit of radish pickle.

Down the stone steps of the mountain path Kino ran straight to the narrow dock where the fishing boats bobbed up and down on the tide. Jiya and his father were already there, and in a few minutes the boat was nosing its way between the rocks out to the open sea. Sails set and filling with the wind, they sped straight into the dawn-lit sky. Kino crouched down on the floor behind the bow and felt his heart rise with joy and excitement. The shore fell far behind them and the boat took on the deep swell of the ocean. Soon they came to a whole fleet of fishing boats, and then together they flew after the schools of fish. It was like being a bird in a flock, flying into the sky. How exciting it was, too, to pull up the fish! At such times Kino felt Jiya was more lucky than he. Fish harvest was much easier than rice harvest.

"I wish my father were a fisherman," he would tell Jiya. "It is stupid to plow and plant and cut the sheaves, when I could just come out like this and reap fish from the sea."

Jiya shook his head. "But when the storms come, you wish yourself back upon the earth," he said. Then he laughed. "How would fish taste without rice? Think of eating only fish!"

"We need both farmers and fisherman," Jiya's father said.

On days when the sky was bright and the winds mild the ocean lay so calm and blue that it was hard to believe that it could be cruel and angry. Yet even Kino never quite forgot that under the warm blue surface the water was cold and green. When the sun shone the deep water was still. But when the deep water moved and heaved and stirred, ah, then Kino was glad that his father was a farmer and not a fisherman.

And yet, one day, it was the earth that brought the big wave. Deep under the deepest part of the ocean, miles under the still green waters, fires raged in the heart of the earth. The icy cold of the water could not chill those fires. Rocks were melted and boiled under the crust of the ocean's bed, under the weight of the water, but they could not break through. At last the steam grew so strong that it forced its way through to the mouth of the volcano. That day, as he helped his father plant turnips, Kino saw the sky overcast halfway to the zenith.

"Look, Father!" he cried. "The volcano is burning again!"

His father stopped and gazed anxiously at the sky. "It looks very angry," he said. "I shall not sleep tonight."

All night while the others slept, Kino's father kept watch. When it was dark, the sky was lit with red and the earth trembled under the farmhouses. Down at the fishing village lights in the little houses showed that other fathers watched, too. For generations fathers had watched earth and sea.

Morning came, a strange fiery dawn. The sky was red and gray, and even here upon the farms cinders and ash fell from the volcano. Kino had a strange feeling, when he stepped barefoot upon the earth, that it was hot under his feet. In the house the mother had taken down everything from the walls that could fall or be broken, and her few good dishes she had packed into straw in a basket and set outside.

"Shall we have an earthquake, Father?" Kino asked as they ate breakfast.

"I cannot tell, my son," his father replied. "Earth and sea are struggling together against the fires inside the earth."

No fishing boats set sail that hot summer morning. There was no wind. The sea lay dead and calm, as though oil had been poured upon the waters. It was a purple gray, suave and beautiful, but when Kino looked at it he felt afraid.

"Why is the sea such a color?" he asked.

"Sea mirrors sky," his father replied. "Sea and earth and sky—if they work together against man, it will be dangerous indeed for us."

"Where are the gods at such a time?" Kino asked. "Will they not be mindful of us?"

"There are times when the gods leave man to take care of himself," his father replied. "They test us, to see how able we are to save ourselves."

"And if we are not able?" Kino asked.

"We must be able," his father replied. "Fear alone makes man weak. If you are afraid, your hands tremble, your feet falter, and your brain cannot tell hands and feet what to do."


Excerpted from The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck. Copyright © 1948 Pearl S. Buck. Excerpted by permission of OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    The title of this story is "The Big Wave" It takes place in Japan. The characters are Kino, Jiya's father, Jiya's mother, Setsu, and Old Gentleman.
    Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend Jiya lives in a fishing village. The sea is their enemy. They don't have windows facing the sea. They are scared that the big wave will wipe them all out, which it did. After, the big wave hit no one built anything on the beach. Until one day Jiya built a house on the beach. People began rebuilding what they had before, their happiness, and homes. Kino and Setsu got married! They are now living happy with each other. The big wave that caused all kinds of damage is past them. Their fear for the sea is better they put windows facing the sea.
    My opinion on this book is that it's a great book. I think that other people will enjoy reading this book. I think the book "The Big Wave" is an awesome. It is now one of my favorite books to read.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010


    september 30 2010
    The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
    Kino and Jiya live in Japan. Kino lives on the mountain while Jiya lives by the sea. Kino's family fears the volcano on the mountain; but Jiya and his family are very afraid of the sea. Jiyas family fears the sea so much they do not even have windows out to the sea. One day a giant storm was going to hit their town, they did not know that the storm was a giant tsunami. Kino's family took Jiya to their house up on the hill so he would not get swept away. Jiya did not want to leave his family who was staying at their house on the sea. So they watched as the tsunami hit and wiped his family away. Jiya was in so much shock he fainted. When he awoke still in shock of what had happened, was upset. The old man who lived on the island paid Jiya a visit asking him to live on his island, but Jiya refused. So Kino and JIya grew into adults. One day Jiya asked Kino if Setsu would like to live by the ocean. And Kino replied, why? Because I want to marry Setsu. So JIya and Setsu got married and built a house on the beach.
    The book was pretty good I would probably rate it a four. The book seemed pretty fake but I kind of liked it.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    The Big Wave

    The Big Wave
    By: Pearl S. Buck
    Macey VanCamp

    Kino was Jiyas best friend in the whole wide world. And one day the bells rang at the castle up on the mountain because a storm was coming towards the island. Some villagers stayed in their homes because they didn't want to leave. Others left and went to the castle up on the mountain. Well Jiyas mom, dad, and brother decided to stay in their home. They told Jiya to go up to Kino's house so he would be safe and wouldn't die. He begged and pleaded for them to come up with him but they wanted to die in their home. So jiya started climbing the wall and as soon as he was at the top this big, huge wave came and took everything. Kino and his father was standing outside and when Jiya came up the father held the boys and was prepared for the worst. Before the wave hit them it stopped and went back down in the sea. They thought it was a miracle from god.
    The big wave basically took everything on the beach leaving nothing but the remains of some houses. Jiya was so devastated that his family died that he passed out. Whenever he woke up he cried. Kino's dad said it was okay for Jiya to mourn over his deceased family. Jiya wouldn't eat or speak for days. He would cry and cry and cry then he would fall back asleep for hours. Finally Kino's father thought that it was time for Jiya to stop crying and become strong. He said it was okay to cry sometimes but not all the time. Kino's father wanted Jiya to become his son and go to school to get a good job. But the old farmer on the hill in the castle wanted Jiya as his son to. When Kino's dad went to the castle it was beautiful and big. The old farmer said to Kino's father take me to Jiya. So the father did and the old farmer asked Jiya if he wanted to become the old farmer's son. Jiya thought about it and said no. That he wanted to be apart of Kino's loving family. So Jiya becomes apart of the family and when he gets older he talks to Kino and tells him he is inlove with setsu Kino's little sister. Kino thought he was crazy but accepted his wishes. So Jiya and Setsu get married and Jiya builds a house on the beach and if the big wave ever comes again he will be ready for it because he has a window that opens up to the ocean.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    the big wave

    Kino lived on a farm near the mountainside by the beach in Japan. Jiya lived further by the ocean and the furthest house down. They were really god friends and hang out all the time. People are scared of the ocean and they don't even put their windows facing the side of the ocean and they say the ocean is there enemy. Kino loved the beach and until one day the big wave came and killed his dad. Then he stayed with Jiya for a place to stay. Some guy came and wanted to adopt him and he didn't want to. The guy took him and wanted him to see what is it like but Jiya didn't like it and stayed with Kino. I dint like this story because I thought that it was pointless and didn't really give any point. I like more of sports books.
    By Pearl S. Buck

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    I recomend this book for younger children.

    The Big Wave The Big Wave by Pearl Buck is a fiction book about two Japanese children who live on a Japanese island. One of the children, Jiya, lives on the shore and his father is a fisherman .The other child, Kino, lives in the mountains and his father is a rice farmer. During school the children become best friends. The fisherman and their families are afraid of the ocean, because it can cause great destruction. Then a tsunami hits the island and Jiya's family is killed, but Jiya survived. Jiya then lives in the mountains with Kino's family, where he falls in love with Kino's sister, Setsu. When they grow up, they get married, and go to live on the shore again. I thought this book was pretty good but it's a more appropriate book for little children. I rate the book 2 out of five for teenage readers. But I rate the 4 out of 5 for younger readers.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    this book is awesome- you must check it out !!

    The main characters are: Jiya, Kino, the father, the mother, and Setsu. This book takes place in Japan. Kino lives on a mountain in a small, boring farmhouse; Jiya lives by the ocean in a small fishing village. None of the villagers' houses windows face the water because Jiya, and his village, are afraid of the ocean; on the other hand, Kino thinks that the ocean's beautiful, but is afraid of the land. One day, when no one was suspecting, the volcano erupted and there was a massive earthquake! All of a sudden a big wave comes and sweeps up the entire fishing village, including Jiyas' family. Jiya was very sad and Kino was shocked. But, Jiya got over it and saw how wonderful and unsuspecting life could be. He married Setsu and built a house a window that faced the ocean.
    This story was a fairly good story, and it shows how wonderful and unsuspecting life could be really be.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    At the beginning Jiya and other families have houses on the beach. But the walls facing the ocean of those houses do not have windows. No- one knows why. Then the big wave comes. It knocks out Jiya's house and all of his except, except for him. After the big wave is over, Keno's family takes Jiya in to live with them. Jiya is depressed and just wants to sleep.
    That afternoon, a man shows up at Keno's house. The old gentlemen, who wants to see Jiya, even though at the time he is sleeping. The old gentleman goes into the room where Jiya is at. He stares at him for a moment and then tells the father of Keno that he wants to take Jiya to live with him in his castle.
    The next morning, Keno's father tells Jiya the news. Jiya agreed to go tour the castle, but wasn't making any promises to move in with him quite yet. Soon after Jiya toured the castle, he turned the offer down. He wanted to live with Keno and his family on their farm. Even though Keno's house was not even a comparison to the old gentlemen's castle, he insisted he wanted to live with Keno.
    Time goes by and by and Jiya falls in love with Keno's sister, Setsu. He wants to go live with her in their own house. Keno is just beside himself when he finds out this. He feels he will be all by-self now. But then again, he is proud for Setsu and Jiya to start their lives together.
    I enjoyed this book because it's unusual and very interesting for kids my age. Those terrible storms might of happened to their family and it helps them understand the situation a little better. Or it might be the complete opposite and somebody might want to learn what happens with people that are under those horrible conditions.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

    The Big Wave

    Book Review Outline
    Book title and author: The Big Wave, Pearl S. Buck
    Title of review: the Big Wave
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 4

    The Big Wave is about a boy named Kino who lives in Japan. His friend Jiya lives in a fishing village. One day a tidal wave came and killed Jiya's family.

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    One day a tidal wave came and killed Jiya's family. It also hurt him and had a serious concussion for weeks. Kino's parents said that they will raise him as their son. When he woke up he never played with Kino for a while, he just ate and then went back to bed. One day when he woke up an old man was sitting by his bed. The old man asked him to come live with him. He had a much bigger house then Kino, and it was at the top of the mountain so the big wave wouldn't hurt him again. He gave Jiya a tour of his house and then asked him if he would like to stay with him.

    This is a book for kids age 10 to 16. It is short, but it is good. The main characters were Kino, Jiya, and their parents. The story is set in Japan. It is about a boy who loses his parents in a tidal wave and his best friends parents take him in and raise him.
    The Big Wave is about a boy named Kino who lives in Japan up on the mountains. His friend Jiya lives in a fishing village. But one day a tidal wave came and killed his family. Kino's parents toke him in and raised him like a son.

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    The book wasn't the best book in the world, but it was good reading.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    EPIC ;)

    The book is The Big Wave and it is by Pearl S. Buck, and the story takes place on an island in Japan. The main characters are Jiya and Kino, Jiya lives on a mountain beside a volcano and his family plants beans for a living, Kino lives by the river and his family fishes for a living. The basic plot is that there is a flood and it kills a lot of people including Kino's family. Then the volcano erupts and kills everybody on the village including Jiya and Kino. My opinion of the book was that it was good.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    This book was awesome!! you should CHECK IT OUT!!

    Back in the day, in Japan there was two little boys and one little girl. One was named Jiya , him and his family lived by the sea(their enemy) .There was another little boy named Kino and his little sister Setsu lived upon the hill with their family. Jiya and his family are so scared of the sea having a big wave again because it happened a long time ago, that they don't even have widows and their house because they don't want to see when it is coming. One day when Jiya was playing with Kino and Setsu at Kino's house, the big wave came and took a lot of people and two of those many people were Jiya's parents Jiya was so sad he wouldn't get out of bed. Then one day when they were sitting with Jiya sleeping an old gentleman came and said, "I want Jiya to be my son and live with me and get everything he wants. When Jiya wakes up tell him to come see me." The very next day Jiya went to the old gentleman and told him that he doesn't want to live with him. Finally, Jiya see's some people building down by the sea so he goes and asked Setsu to marry him and they could live happily by the sea. And so they do and this time Jiya puts widows in his house because he wants to be able to see the sea.
    I think this book was very interesting and I would recommend it to teens/children.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    Good book

    Hannah Boyce
    September 29, 2010
    4th Period

    The Big Wave
    Kino lived on a farm and Jiya lived by the sea. They were best friends and they7 were with each other almost every day. One day there was a big wave and Jiya's family told him to go to the Old Gentleman's castle, but Jiya knew he would not make it to the castle in time so he went to Kino's house with Kino and his family. They watched as the big wave swept away all the houses on the beach, including Jiya's. When Jiya seen this happening, his house and family being swept away by the sea, he blacked out. He didn't wake up until the next day. When Jiya woke, Kino's father told him that Jiya can be part of their family now.

    I would recommend this book to a teenager, or even an adult with children. It's a nice short story that will keep their interest.
    The story takes place in Japan.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Kino and his family lived on a farm. Jiyas father was a fisherman, and his family lived down on the beach. This big wave came one day, and since all the people of the village were scared of the ocean, they had no windows facing the sea. So when the wave came, they didn't know when it would come to the shore. The old gentleman was ringing a bell to tell all children to come into his castle or go up the hill to Kino's house. So Jiyas family told him to go up the hill and he didn't want to leave his mom dad and brother behind. But he did what he was told and made his way up the hill. When he was there he turned around and the wave ate up all the homes and people with it. He fainted.
    As Kino's family waited for Jiya to awake, Kino's father kept telling him, "Life is stronger than death". When he woke up all he did was sit there and he wouldn't talk, but he would cry, "We must let him cry." Kino's father would say. One night when Jiya was asleep, the old gentleman came up to the farm house and asked to see him. The father took the old gentleman to see Jiya and he smiled. "A wonderful young boy" he said. I would like him for my son, since he has suffered through so much. Kino was sad because Jiya was his friend. But they told old gentleman they would tell Jiya and he would come to see him when he woke up.
    The next day, Kino took Jiya down onto the beach and went into old gentleman's castle. Jiya thought it was wonderful. But he told the old gentleman he would think. A few days later, Jiya went back to the castle and told him No. He didn't want to leave Kino and his family. So he stayed with Kino, who was happy. They grew older, and they worked hard, and one day Jiya told Kino he wanted to marry Setsu, Kino's little sister. Kino was surprised that anyone would want to marry Setsu, but he told his father. And so they were married. They built a home on the beach, to remember those who died from the big wave. And so Jiya put a large window facing the sea.
    This is a story I liked, but it's not what I usually read. I would recommend it to people my age or even older or younger. This book has a lot of things the reader could relate to, Such as loss of a loved one, or even making a big decision.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    A good family book

    At the beginning of the story we meet Kino, Jiya, Setsu, Kino's mom and Dad. Jiya is worrying that the ocean. He thinks that the ocean is angry; Kino thinks that he is crazy. But then a huge wave kills Jiyas family So Jiya sleeps for days. And then we meet the old gentlemen he wants to adopt Jiya but Jiya says no. Then Jiya and Setsu get married. I like this book because it's about family that's why I like it.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    The Big Wave

    Kino lived on a farm in the mountains of Japan. Kino then met Jiya on a beach nearby. Jiya lives in a fishing village. They went in search of the big wave. Everyone has heard of it. The wave was from an underground volcano and it bursted up steam and lifted up the water. The village got covered with water. Nothing remained. Kino's father called everyone at the village strong and brave. Kino and Jiya grew up to be nice and tall. Some storms came but none of them were like the big wave. At the end Jiya married Kino's sister Setsu. I liked the book because it had a lot of suspenseful parts. Some of them were when the wave crashed into the village and Jiya slipped and hit his head.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 30, 2010

    The Big Wave

    Tiffany Taylor
    The Big Wave
    The Big Wave is about a family that lives on the beach and the big wave comes and the son Jiya was the only on left, and his friend Keno's family left him live with them. One day there was an old gentleman knocking on Keno's door and asked if Jiya was there. He was sleeping because he wasn't ready to live. The old gentleman asked to speak with him, and Keno's father said he will send him to see you when he awakes. When Jiya woke up Keno took him to see the old gentleman. " Jiya will you be my son?" asked the old gentleman, "no" Jiya said. A couple years go by and Jiya see's a couple with kids building a house on the beach. Jiya runs down to the beach and talks to them. When Jiya returns he talk to Keno And said " Do you think Setsu (Keno's little sister) will live on the beach again?" Setsu and Jiya lived happily on the beach. I think the story was good and it has me thinking, I have to face my fears sometimes. The Big Wave is a good story because it has a lot of different emotions. Plus I think it was a good story because Jiya learns to make choices on his own, and face his fears.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    My report of The Big Wave

    The Big Wave

    The characters are Kino, Jiya, setsu, Kino's father and mother, and the Old gentle man. The story began on the side of a mountain in Japan. This one day Kino and Jiya were meeting each other down by the beach. Kino wished his dad fished like Jiya's dad did, but instead kino's dad work on their farm; because that's the only way they can eat. But then suddenly Kino and Jiya heard a really loud bell. So they got scared and ran to Kino's house where his family was safe and the dad was looking out the window. Then all sudden a red flag came up from the Old gentle man's castle. Then black smoke filled the air and the water was angry. So the old gentle man's castle gate started to open and said hurry into my castle you'll be safe. Then after the black smoked went away Jiya feel to the ground. Then Kino and his dad took Jiya back to their home and laid him on their couch to rest. Then later that day the old gentle man came and gave them a visit. Then the old gentle man asks Kino if the boy that lost his family is here. Jiya said, "Yes he is?" Then Kino and Jiya tells the old gentle man he wants to live with Kino.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    I recommend this for teens and teenagers

    The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
    Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. Everyone, including Kino and Jiya, has heard of the big wave. No one suspects it will wipe out the whole village and Jiya's family too. As Jiya struggles to overcome his sorrow, he understands it is in his presence of danger that one learns to be brave, and to appreciate life can be. The Old Gentlemen wanted Jiya to be his son; Jiya grew angry and sad about the idea of Jiya being the Old Gentlemen's son. So the next day came and it was time for Jiya to choose to stay with Kino and his family or to stay with the Old Gentlemen. Jiya chose to stay with Kino and his family, but the Old Gentlemen got mad about him living with Kino. After a while the Old Gentlemen got over being mad at Kino and Jiya. Then Jiya got married to Kino's sister Setsu and lived happily together on the beach.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    I liked the book. I recommened it to grades 3rd to 6th grades. I thought it was a cute little book that little kids could realy enjoy.

    The book is about two young Chinese boys that live near the mountains of Japan. One boys name was Kino and the other young boys name was Jiya. Kino's family was all about the farming, yet Jiya's family was all about the fishing. Jiya's family always believed that the "ocean was the enemy." Kino didn't believe so.
    One day Kino and Jiya was hanging out together and seen the ocean was getting rough. Jiya was scared and said they needed to get home. Kino didn't think much of it. When they went to their houses to tell their parents, the ocean was getting rougher. Jiya walked to Kino's house and a big wave came. Jiya's family was down by their house on the beach. Jiya's family got swept away. Kino's dad said he will take Jiya in as a son.
    In the morning an old gentleman wanted to take Jiya as a son. Jiya said no he wanted to live with Kino and his family. Kino and Jiya have seen that people have started to build houses on the beach again since the big wave hit. When Jiya got older he decided to build a house on the beach and marry Kino's little sister Setsu. Jiya and Setsu got married and lived in a house on the beach that Jiya built. There house was the only house with a window facing the ocean so if the big wave hits again, they will be prepared.
    I say the book is very good for kids on the age of 3rd to 6th grade. I thought it was a good, sweet little book. I recommend it to all primary students from the ages of 3rd grade and up.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    I recomend it to teenagers and young adluts

    The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
    This story is about two boys Kino and Jiya. Kino lives on the mountain, and his dad is a farmer. Jiya lives on the beach, and his dad is a fishermen. Kino and Jiya were good friends; they always hung out together when they were not helping their fathers. Then one day a big wave came along and as Jiya was running up the mountain side the Big Wave took all the people on the beach, along with Jiya`s family were all taken away by the wave. Kino`s father took Jiya in and made him his own son. For many days Jiya cried and slept all day. Then one day the Old Gentlemen came over and wanted to see Jiya. Jiya was sleeping but the Old Gentlemen just wanted to see the young boy, then he said "When he wakes up tell him I would like him to be my son." Kino was mad because he wanted Jiya to be his brother and that Jiya was now a part of his family. Jiya woke up and Kino`s father told him about how the Old Gentleman wanted Jiya to come live with him. Jiya went over to where the Old Gentlemen lived look at his castle and he decides "This is a very nice house but I would rather live up on the mountain side with my new family." Kino was so shocked that Jiya decided that he would rather live with him and his family then the Old Gentlemen. So Kino, Jiya, and Setsu all grew up together and worked on the farm. Jiya decided that farming was fun but he wanted to be a fisherman; Jiya started saving up his money to buy a boat. People eventually started rebuilding houses on the beach and Jiya wanted to move back to the beach. Before Jiya started to build a house on the beach he asked Setsu if she would marry him. She said yes, and then Jiya and Setsu got married and built a house on the beach. Jiya final saved enough money to buy a boat and he and Setsu went out on the water. More and more started building houses on the beach but the one thing Jiya did different then everyone else he put a window towards the ocean so he would see if another big wave was coming. I thought that the book was very good I would recommend it to teenagers and young adults.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    The Big Wave.

    The book is the Big Wave. The one young boy lives on a farm with his family, and Jiya lives on the shore. Kino's family farms rice for harvest and Jiyas fishes for a living. The most important problem is there is a tsunami is coming and Jiyas loses his parent because they we out fishing on the ocean and Jiya lose his parents and comes to live with kino's family.

    The king wants Jiya to be his son but he turns the offer down, because he wanted to live on the farm with Kino's family. After a while two me started building a house on the shore. So Jiya was older so he builds a house on the shore to and he builds a house but this time he was the only one to put windows toward the sea. I thought the book was interesting for a while then it got boring because they kept saying the same thing about the Big Wave. I thought the best part of the story was when Jiya rebuilt.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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