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Sora and the Cloud Felicia Hoshino

Sora and the Cloud

Felicia Hoshino

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ISBN : 9781597020671
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36 pages
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ForeWord magazine Book of the Year - Bronze Medal Winner - 2011 Childrens Picture Books: A delicate and enchanting bilingual story with exceptional watercolor scenes.It is tempting to label Miyazaki-like anything appealing to children andMoreForeWord magazine Book of the Year - Bronze Medal Winner - 2011 Childrens Picture Books: A delicate and enchanting bilingual story with exceptional watercolor scenes.It is tempting to label Miyazaki-like anything appealing to children and Japanese in origin. But in this instance the analogy fits. The nameless cloud is a benign yet mysterious and uncontrollable presence as it lifts Sora, Totoro style, into the sky. There he views a skyscraper mid-construction, an amusement park, a festival of kites and other boyish marvels. Hoshinos intricate and delicate drawings deliver this parade of sightseeing pleasures in a way that is at once dreamlike and visceral. -- New York Times Book ReviewA growing boy enjoys the ultimate daydream--to soar like a cloud! Once a crawling baby, now Sora can climb a tree. There a friendly cloud awaits! Birds, kites, and fireworks whirl by as these friends share an adventure in the sky.This wonderful flight of fancy encourages childrens journeys of self-discovery, familial awareness, and cultural exchange, with colorfully expressive illustrations and bilingual Japanese translation.Prolific Japanese-American illustrator Felicia Hoshino makes her authorial debut in this delightful picture book...The bilingual text (Hoshinos English is accompanied by Hisas Japanese translation) displays a simple exuberance that perfectly matches the light, joyful subject matter...Hoshinos soft, Japanesque watercolors perfectly punctuate Soras adventure and include plenty of references to Hoshinos native city of San Francisco (the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars, to name a couple)...With its local appeal, cultural relevance, and textual and aesthetic grace, this is a welcome addition for Bay Area collections. - Bayviews, December 2011, The Association of Childrens Librarians of Northern CaliforniaThis warm picture book captures the physicality of imaginative play that gets wilder and wilder, and preschoolers will recognize the fun of crawling and climbing over everything, as well as the big dreams of flying in the sky. - American Library Association, BooklistSepia-tinted images set the tone for this warm and inviting bilingual fantasy from Hoshino....A line-by-line Japanese translation...allows parents of both cultures to offer read-alouds, while end notes define Japanese expressions and explain cultural elements. - Publishers WeeklySoras airborne fantasy is charmingly depicted with a dreamlike palette of pastel colors. Young readers will revel in finding visual connections within the illustrations as they identify repeated motifs. They will also enjoy poring over the intricately detailed spreads that show a bustling city street and an old-fashioned amusement park. The San Francisco setting in combination with the bilingual text deftly shows the childs Japanese American identity. Non-Japanese speakers wont miss anything vital due to the cultural and translation notes that introduce Japanese vocabulary and enrich readers experience. Children will want to revisit Soras imaginary adventure again and again. - School Library JournalHoshino illustrates this idyll with delicately colored paper-collage and paint scenes featuring semitransparent figures in harmonious compositions. Likewise, her poetic narrative (From way, waaay, waaaay up in the sky, / fireworks whisper like the soft pitter-pattering of your heart) is not only paralleled by a Japanese translation but extended by Japanese exclamations in the pictures and explanatory notes at the end. An airy flight of imagination, bi-cultural as well as bilingual. - Kirkus ReviewsI loved the illustrations, the writing, and the translation. But the genius in this book is the way it portrays the passage of time....This is the perfect book for a Japanese-English bilingual family, anyone interested in introducing other cultures to their kids, and both Japanese and English monolingual families. I hope this will become a classic, it has all the hallmarks of an award winner. - Perogies and Gyoza