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Ojiisan, the oldest and wealthiest man in the village, doesn't join the others at the rice ceremony. Instead he watches from his balcony. He feels something is coming; something he can't describe. When he sees the monster wave pulling away from the beach, he knows. Tsunami! But the villagers below can't see the danger. Will Ojiisan risk everything he has to save them? Can he?

Illustrated in stunning collage by Caldecott winner Ed Young, here is the unforgettable story of how one man's simple sacrifice saved hundreds of lives. An extraordinary celebration of both the power of nature and the power each of us holds within.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399250064
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/05/2009
Series: Rise and Shine
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 601,802
Product dimensions: 9.70(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: NC620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Caldecott medalist Ed Young was born in Tientsin, China, and brought up in Shanghai. He cites the philosophy of Chinese painting as an inspiration for much of his work. "A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words," he explains; "they are complementary. There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images that words can never describe."

Mr. Young has been illustrating children's books for more than twenty years and has won many awards. He received the 1990 Caldecott Medal for his book Lon Po Po, and his much-lauded collaboration with anthologist Nancy Larrick, Cats Are Cats, was named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 1988 by The New York Times.

Mr. Young studied at the University of Illinois, the Art Center of Los Angeles, and Pratt Institute in New York City. He and his family live in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

copyright 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Tsunami! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
brikayama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such a nice story about a natural disaster that doesn't bring good memories to people. "Tsunami" is based on a true story with the main character's name changed, but with the same heroism. The illustrations were made from cut and torn paper and a bit difficult to appreciate at first, but I marveled at them as the story progressed. A beautiful book about heroism.
sskatherine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I put it on hold at the library. I was completely (and pleasantly) surprised by the collages contained within the book. They are detailed and intense. They depict scenes of great destruction in a medium that is seemingly (but not really) simple. I especially like that much of it was done with what appears to be traditional origami paper. The story itself is interesting, and tells the tale of an old man who saves his village from a tsunami. It is based on a more traditional Japanese story. It could easily be connected to lessons on seismology, or it could be used for inspiration in a collage project. I've done a few collage projects with my students, and would have loved to have this as an example.
hgold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the artwork in this story. The collage was incredibly beautiful and is very engaging. The texture pops right out of the page. I also liked that they included Japanese words in the speech of the characters. I feel like that could be a good teaching tie in and also brings interest to the book.
juju1220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about a wealthy old man named Ojiisan who burns all of his rice fields in order to save four hundred people from a Tsunami. The main reason why I picked this book was because of the theme but also the illustration that is displayed in this book. The illustrator uses a variety of different things to show his art. For example, he uses materials such as paper cut outs, straw, tissue and other things that give it an eclectic feel.I really enjoyed this book reminded me that illustration can be done by using different things other than the norm of pens, paint and pencils. This book would also be great to show in a multicultural theme to students in grades 3-6.
danusia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A variety of media, pressed paper fibers, straw, fabrics etc. are layered to form collage type illustrations. The story of Ojisan, a farmer, who saves his village from the tsunami by setting his crops on fire. he is rewarded by the people with a temple where his name is hung above the door in gold.
cassinolan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book about an old Japanese man who sacrifices his rice fields to save a village from a tsunami. An emotional read for me being that i read it right after the earth quake in Japan.
tlcalderon4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of an elderly Japanese man who destroys his own crops in order to save the rest of his village from a Tsunami. It has elements of Japanese culture, and themes of sacrifice and the power of Mother Nature.
cshupp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't a big fan of this book. I looked at the art on front and enjoyed it, but I didn't enjoy the art in the actual story. I didn't enjoy the actual story line either.
mckelvey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great story. I highly recommend it.
ShellyCBuchanan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the true story of one older, wealthy villager who saves the 400 people of his village from the ravages of a tsunami by setting fire to his own rice fields. Amidst confusion about a rapidly growing beachfront the people marveling at the sight on the beach race to the top of the hill to put out the field fire and are saved. The dramatic collage illustrations perfectly shape the visuals for this powerful story of the wise and generous man who saved his neighbors at his own expense.
Bamulholland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was one of great moral value. I also loved how abstract and collage-like the illustrations were. But I feel as if it was a little over the top for a young child's taste. I mean there were so much texture and distractions that might confuse the mind.
roseannes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute folktale that I'd never heard before. The story of how sometimes you have to sacrifice something to save other people and that there is nothing you can own that is more valuable than human life. A man sets his field on fire to draw people away from the party on the beach where a tsunami is threatening to kill them all. It is a great story for kids to teach them the importance of being selfless and helping others, but also could tie in easily to a unit on natural disasters, weather, earthquakes or any of the above.
shomskie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tsunami combines gorgeous art with a strong, positive morale message to create a wonderful book. The entire village is celebrating the rice harvest with a beach party when an earthquake hits. The party continues on, but the wealthy village elder senses danger coming in the form of a tsunami. He lights his own rice field on fire, knowing that the village members will see the flames and rush to help put it out. Though the elder loses his rice, he saves the lives of his village and proves that human life is more valuable than any wealth.
kthomp25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Powerful use of art to relate the emotion, terror, and strength of the disaster that befalls a Japanese village.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has great illustrations that really highlight the story. The text is more plain. The story is a folktale about an old man who lives on a hill above his village and who rescues the villagers when he warns them of a tsunami that is coming and tells them to come up to his house.
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