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Kogi's Mysterious Journey

Partridge, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 0525470786 / ISBN 13: 9780525470786
Published by Dutton Childrens Books, NY, 2003
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Hard Cover. Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Illustrated by Aki Sogabe. Bookseller Inventory # 029193

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Title: Kogi's Mysterious Journey

Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books, NY

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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Unable to capture the true spirit of nature in his paintings, Kogi finds his life forever changed when he is transformed into a golden fish and discovers the powerful secret of all life, helping him to become the artist he is meant to be.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4-In medieval Japan, an artist longs to capture the spectacular natural surroundings and diverse wildlife of Lake Biwa. No matter how hard Kogi tries, his paintings always seem to lie stiff and dead upon the paper. Seeking an ineffable quality he cannot seem to achieve, he wades into the water and finds himself transformed into a golden carp. For days, Kogi revels in the delicious freedom of swimming in the great lake. Unfortunately, he becomes hungry, and though his human mind knows better, he takes a baited hook and soon finds himself lying below a cook's knife. Sogabe uses a solid black spread, shot with a red line that looks like exploding barbed wire, to show the moment of Kogi's piscine death. The painter wakes to find that his wandering spirit has returned to his human body. His dream opens floodgates of creativity and now his paintings are endowed with energy and vitality. Partridge's spare, poetic recasting of a Japanese folktale ends with the artist and his creations coming to life again as fish. Dignified and handsome, Sogabe's carefully composed cut-paper art employs muted colors to bring Kogi's inner and outer worlds to life. An informative source note traces the history of the story. This enticing version of a Japanese tale stands out as a compelling read-aloud.
Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
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