Rice from Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans

Rice from Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499806823
Publisher: little bee books
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 578,856
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tina M. Cho, currently living and teaching in South Korea, has been in the protagonist's shoes. She has partnered with a North Korean refugee organization to send rice balloons over the border.

Tina is the author of The Girl's Guide to Manners, 26 guided reading books from Lakeshore Learning and Compass Media, a coloring book, God Is So Good, and an e-book, Seasons of the Asian Pear Tree. She teaches at an international school and writes for the children's and educational markets. Though she grew up in Iowa, she now lives in South Korea. You can learn more about Tina at tinamcho.com.

Keum Jin Song lives in Daegu, South Korea, where she was born. Passionate about her work as an illustrator, she takes her inspiration from nature, which is reflected in her detailed, dreamy style with its smooth, wavy lines.

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Rice from Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JessicaOliveros 3 months ago
This is a beautiful telling of a true story in which the author herself had a part. A little girl from South Korea wants to help the people of North Korea, but doesn't know how. Her grandfather, who came from North Korea himself and knows about the starvation first hand, encourages her to participate in an organized rice drop. She gathers with her community, and they send rice over the wall via helium balloons. She learns that, although she is one person, she can make a difference and together as a people they can make a big difference. She has a moment of standing up to a grumbling boy on behalf of the starving children on the other side of the wall, and he is sorry as a result. This is a wonderful story about kindness and looking beyond ourselves. The illustrations are bright and draw you in right away.
ReaderWriterEducator 11 months ago
Rice from Heaven takes a complex political problem and addresses the human element in a simple story that speaks to the heart. A lovely rice metaphor carries through the story, depicting each of us as “grains of hope.” The power of the story lies in one child’s ability to empathize and take action to help others less fortunate. It’s great for young readers to know that there are ways for compassion to get past the various kinds of walls that separate us and when we empathize, we find that “enemies” are not that different from us. The back matter offers a range of interesting and comprehensible information on North Korea for a deeper understanding. This book is an excellent opportunity for young kids to learn about their world.