Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers

Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers

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by Gloria Whelan, Yan Nascimbene
     
 

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Japanese provincial governors had to travel between the cities of Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo). This 300+ mile journey on the historic Tokaido Road required the presence of one to three thousand attendants (carriers). Yuki's father has been called to Edo and she, along with her mother and pet dog, must accompany him in

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Japanese provincial governors had to travel between the cities of Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo). This 300+ mile journey on the historic Tokaido Road required the presence of one to three thousand attendants (carriers). Yuki's father has been called to Edo and she, along with her mother and pet dog, must accompany him in this royal procession. Yuki does not want to go. She will miss her home and her teacher. But she must not be disrespectful so Yuki captures her thoughts in haiku, a Japanese form of poetry. Once outside the gate How will I find my way back? Will home disappear? Inspired by the woodcuts of Japanese printmaker, Hiroshige, award-winning author Gloria Whelan brings a cultural event to life through the observant eyes and thoughtful verses of a young Japanese girl.To find recipes, games, interactives maps and much more for this title visit www.discovertheworldbooks.com! Gloria Whelan's many award-winning books include Homeless Bird for which she received the National Book Award. Her work with Sleeping Bear Press includes Yatandou and Mackinac Bridge: The Five-Mile Poem (a 2007 Michigan Notable Book). Ms. Whelan lives in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Yan Nascimbene studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the University of California at Davis. His work has appeared in numerous publications including TIME. He has illustrated over 50 books, including Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog. Yan twice received the Society of Illustrators' Silver Medal and many other awards. He lives in Provence, in the village of Cotignac.

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Children's Literature - Miriam Chernick
The second in Sleeping Bear Press's "Tales of the World" series, this story is set in seventeenth century Japan, a time when governors were required to spend half of the year in Edo (today's Tokyo) and the other half in Kyoto. In this story, Yuki's father has been called to Edo, so she reluctantly packs her things to make the three hundred mile trip with her mother, her pet dog Kita, and one thousand carriers. Riding for days in a palanquin "with shutters so we can see out, but no one can gaze in at us," Yuki records both her reluctance to leave her home and the wonders of her journey—the flowers, the rivers, the birds, the mountains—through a series of haiku poems, a task assigned to her by her teacher. Ultimately, Yuki arrives in Tokyo feeling acceptance of her new home, as expressed in this simple haiku: "Everywhere I see/ something to delight my eyes/ I stop looking back." The author was inspired to write this story after seeing an exhibit of woodblock prints by the Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige. In a style similar to Hiroshige's, Yan Nascimbene's watercolor illustrations wonderfully portray the world of ancient Japan and the long road traveled by Yuki, her parents, and their one thousand carriers. Reviewer: Miriam Chernick
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3- An author's note explains that in 17th- and 18th-century Japan, provincial governors were required to divide their time between Kyoto, home of the Emperor, and Edo (modern Tokyo), where the Shogun exercised temporal power. Accompanied by numerous retainers, these feudal lords frequently traveled the 300-mile Tokaido Road, stopping at inns and teahouses built to accommodate their retinue. A famous series of woodcuts by Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige, depicting the landscapes they traversed, inspired Whelan to imagine this journey as seen through the eyes of Yuki, a governor's young daughter, who travels with her mother and small dog. Their party, with its 1000 carriers, passes over a river, through snowy mountains, and beside the ocean, where Mt. Fuji rises in the distance. Yuki describes the sights she sees through the shuttered windows of her palanquin , as well as the food and accommodations along the way. The haiku she writes at the request of her teacher are interspersed throughout the first-person narrative. These brief poems chart her homesickness and eventual acceptance of change. The handsome, well-composed watercolor illustrations, executed in subtle shades and reminiscent of Japanese woodcuts, lend specificity to the tale. A useful supplement to curriculums focusing on Japan.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams

Kirkus Reviews
Yuki's father, a provincial governor, has been summoned from Kyoto to Edo (modern-day Tokyo). Along with her mother, Yuki and her little dog Kita will accompany him on the 300-mile journey, a commonplace one for Japanese governors of the 17th and 18th centuries. Before they leave, Yuki's teacher reminds her to write haiku, so she does, alternating her narrative between descriptions of the trip and the gem-like poems it inspires. Readers will get a sense of the limits and favors afforded a wealthy girl of the period, as well as descriptions of food, inns and the many memorable glimpses of the land that Yuki drinks in from her palanquin (the enclosed litter borne by some of the household's 1,000 carriers). Nascimbene's evocative and appealing watercolors inspired by classic Japanese woodcuts combine perfectly with the present-tense text. An excellent introduction to the art of haiku and the world of old Japan. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585363520
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
04/05/2008
Series:
Tales of the World
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

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