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Our Home Is the Sea
     

Our Home Is the Sea

by Riki Levinson, Dennis Luzak
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reflective and light-filled as the sea at sunset, newcomer Luzak's painterly illustrations lend depth to Levinson's narrative about a young boy in Hong Kong who journeys home on his last day of school. Although his mother wishes him to be a schoolteacher, the boy is absolutely certain that he will be a fisherman like his father and his grandfather before him because their true home is the sea. This is not a story so much as a a portrait of a boy and the city through which he hurries to get to the sunlit water. The rich details of life in Hong Kong are exquisitely drawn. Crowded gray buildings, a blue-feathered peacock, an old man doing tai chi in the park, the boy's family crouched around bowls of congee and teaall introduce with subtle complexity and beauty and bustle of a culture so very different from our own. Ages 5-8. (September)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5 Luzak's richly colored textured oil paintings of an Oriental city, its busy streets, shaded parks, and crowded waterfront prove to be the dominant feature of this book. The young Chinese boy featured in most of the pictures describes his journey home from school to his family's sampan, and his desire to be a fisherman like his father and grandfather. The first-person text is brief and somewhat stilted. There is no story but only description. The city is identified as Hong Kong in the dust jacket blurb and in the CIP, but not in the text. Because of its handsome illustrations, this book can be useful for social studies, showing a far-away place and a far different way of life than American-born children know. It should prove useful to teachers who wish to discuss the Orient, or who have children in class who come from Hong Kong. Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, N.J.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140545524
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1992
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.58(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.51(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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