Cool Melons-Turn to Frogs!: The Life and Poems of Issa

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For hundreds of years, school children in Japan have been introduced to poetry through the work of Issa. Born in 1763 on a farm in central Japan, Issa began writing poetry as a young child, inspired by his deep love for the natural world. Later in his boyhood and throughout his life, poetry was also Issa's refuge in times of joy and in times of suffering. Matthew Gollub's poignant rendering of Issa's life and over thirty of his best-loved poems, along with Kazuko Stone's sensitive and humorous watercolor ...
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Overview

For hundreds of years, school children in Japan have been introduced to poetry through the work of Issa. Born in 1763 on a farm in central Japan, Issa began writing poetry as a young child, inspired by his deep love for the natural world. Later in his boyhood and throughout his life, poetry was also Issa's refuge in times of joy and in times of suffering. Matthew Gollub's poignant rendering of Issa's life and over thirty of his best-loved poems, along with Kazuko Stone's sensitive and humorous watercolor paintings, make Cool Melons a classic introduction to Issa's work for readers of all ages. With authentic Japanese calligraphy, a detailed Afterword, and exhaustive research by both author and illustrator, this is also an inspirational book about haiku, writing, nature, and life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584302414
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 734,642
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: AD800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2006

    don't be a fool

    Life, real life is rich and expansive and crosses topics that some might find uncomfortable. But from real pain comes real beauty. The paintings in this book are exquisite and the poetry is inspirational. Do not be afraid to expose your children, but ask them to think about what they are reading. This book serves as a guide in my class for how to write haiku poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    Don't Be Fooled

    The underlying message in this book is destructive. Don't be fooled by the pictures. This book tells of a father who remarries while his son is 7 yrs old. The story tells how the stepmother and son did nothing but argue. Eventually, the father sent the boy away to live a life of hardship. Rid this book from the library.

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