Prejudice linked to an event from the past threatens the friendship that Akiko and her brother have made with a boy on their new island home
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Original Language: Japanese
Akiko and Hiroshi are lonely on the island to which their parents' work has brought them, until they meet Pablo, who shows them the tropical world's entrancing secrets, teaches them to paddle an outrigger canoe, and shares the delights of a coral reef. Then, suddenly, Pablo declares himself an enemy: he's asked his grandma about the wreck in the bay and learned how ``people from your country'' attacked the island long ago. The conclusion is trite--Hiroshi sets out on his own in a canoe and, caught in a strong current, is heroically rescued by Pablo; then an adult explains that their ancestors may have come from the ``same place,'' carried in their ``tiny boats all around the world''-- but redeemed by the vividly phrased text, while Wildsmith has outdone himself in splendid paintings of a lush tropical isle aglow between a richly luminous sky and a gloriously beautiful sea. It's good, too, to have the Japanese point of view on the lingering resentments born of WW II. A useful multicultural contribution that's a joy to behold. (Picture book. 4-9) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110679841849
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brian Wildsmith (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0679841849
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0679841849 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1192571
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Wildsmith, Brian (illustrator). First Edition. First Printing of the First American Edition. Glossy pictorial boards. Pristine, new condition in Fine jacket. Color pictures throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 078724