Chibi: A True Story from Japan

 
9780395696231: Chibi: A True Story from Japan

When Oka-san, a brown-and-gold duck, selects the Mitsui Office Park as the perfect spot for her nest, people flock from downtown Tokyo to watch the ducklings hatch. A modern-day Make Way for Ducklings, set in Japan.

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June Otani has illustrated many books for children. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Julia Takaya is a teacher and a writer. For most of the year, she and her husband live in Tokyo.

Barbara Brenner is the author of more than seventy books of fiction and nonfiction for children. She is a member of the Royal Society for the Arts. She lives with her husband, the artist Fred Brenner, on the shore of a lake in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Grade 2-4?This true story is reminiscent of Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings (Viking, 1941), but it's set in modern Japan. When a duck nested beside the pool of a downtown office building to raise her young, the citizens of Tokyo became intrigued. The smallest duckling, Chibi, became the favorite of many, including the photographer Sato-san. He took it upon himself to look out for the ducks' safety. When a terrible storm upset the calm of their newly discovered sanctuary in the moat surrounding the Imperial Palace, Chibi and two other ducklings disappeared. The people searched and worried, but happily Chibi turned up unharmed. To protect the family, gardeners built a strong duck house that still floats in the moat of the Imperial Gardens. The ducklings, depicted in watercolor and ink, have plenty of personality as they splash, dive, and learn to play follow the leader. The scenery is faithful to the city and its people. There is a one-page glossary of Japanese words used in the text. Teachers searching for curricular connections to Japan will be pleased by this offering, and it will appeal to animal lovers as well, perhaps even inspiring a visit to a local pond habitat.?Susan Middleton, LaJolla Country Day School, CA
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