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

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

by Veronique Massenot
     
 


Hokusai's classic woodcut of a majestic wave becomes the starting point for a storybook children will want to read again and again.See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr1–4—Journey on a Cloud is based on Chagall's Bride and Groom with Eiffel Tower. The story takes a village dreamer on a trip around the world by cloud, ultimately leading him to his true love. The Great Wave is based on Hokusai's woodcut The Great Wave off Kanagawa. It tells the story of a couple who receive a baby from the sea's waves. The child is troubled by his odd origins until he realizes the importance of his love for his adopted parents. Each book is illustrated in a style reminiscent of the artist, and the stories incorporate common folktale elements from Japanese and European culture, respectively. Back matter includes a reproduction of the original artwork and a question-and-answer page about the artist and his work. While the works of Hokusai and Chagall are indeed inspiring, and the idea of expanding their reach through storytelling is sound, these tales fall somewhat flat. Despite the use of common folk tropes, they lack the elemental power of time-tested folklore, instead wandering aimlessly and leaving too many loose ends and unanswered questions. The stories are fanciful but pointless and do little to convey the messages of the original works of art. Art teachers may find them useful as points of focus on Hokusai and Chagall, but they are not strong as literature.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791370583
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
05/20/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
382,230
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 12.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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