The Long Silk Strand: A Grandmother's Legacy to Her Granddaughter

The Long Silk Strand: A Grandmother's Legacy to Her Granddaughter

by Laura Williams, Grayce Bochak
     
 

Night after night, as she weaves a long silk strand, Grandmother tells her granddaughter Yasuyo stories from her long life. Then one day Grandmother is gone. Saddened, Yasuyo walks in the garden. There she finds a beautiful and puzzling sight --a long silk strand hanging from the sky. Only when she climbs the silk strand to the top of the clouds does Yasuyo learn

Overview


Night after night, as she weaves a long silk strand, Grandmother tells her granddaughter Yasuyo stories from her long life. Then one day Grandmother is gone. Saddened, Yasuyo walks in the garden. There she finds a beautiful and puzzling sight --a long silk strand hanging from the sky. Only when she climbs the silk strand to the top of the clouds does Yasuyo learn its true meaning.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This graceful story, the author's first, has the weight of a time-honored folktale. Each evening, Yasuyo's grandmother ties together silk threads and adds them to an ever-growing ball. For each thread, she tells her granddaughter a story from her life ("This thread is for the time I visited my grandmother above the clouds"). When Grandmother dies in her sleep, a tearful Yasuyo sees a strand of silk thread descending from the sky. Climbing it up to the clouds, she joins her grandmother. But after spying her parents and brother down below, Yasuyo realizes that she will miss them-and they her. Grandmother promises, "You will be with me always. All of my memories of you are tied into this." She snaps off a piece of thread and gives it to Yasuyo, who makes her way down the strand and imagines the day when she, too, will roll a ball and tell her own granddaughter that "this thread is for the time I visited my grandmother above the clouds." Featuring a distinctive palette of cool, muted colors, Bochak's (Paper Boats) elegant, understated cut-paper art evokes the tale's Japanese setting while underscoring the considerable emotional impact of Williams's tender story. Ages 4-up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature
Yasuyo spends many evenings with Grandmother tying together pieces of silk threads and making a huge ball of them. As each piece is tied on, the older woman tells a story. One story begins, "This thread is for the time I visited my Grandmother above the clouds." Grandmother dies and Yasuyo find the end of the ball of silk strands in the garden dangling from the sky above. She climbs the strand and when she finds her Grandmother above the clouds, she vows to stay with her. From above, they observe Yasuyo's father, mother and brother, each thinking lovingly about their daughter/sister. Grandmother convinces Yasuyo to return to earth and gives her a strand of silk as a remembrance. This contemporary folktale set in ancient Japan reminds us of the importance of what we pass along to our children. Cut paper artwork reinforces the Oriental charm of the story. 2000, Boyds Mills Press, $7.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Chris Gill

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563978562
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
986,848
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Laura E. Williams is also the author of Torch Fishing with the Sun, among many other titles. She lives in Ohio.

Grayce Bochak is the illustrator of Paper Boats by Rabindranath Tagore. She lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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