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"Sepia-tinted imges set the tone for this warm and inviting bilingual fantasy...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." - Publisher's Weekly This is like Hayao Miyazki meeting the Red Balloon! A growing boy enjoys the ulitimate daydread - to soar like a cloud! Once a baby, now Sora is a boy who explores the world around him. First crawling and then walking, Sora soon learns how to climb a tree. Up there a friendlycloud awaits! Hopping aboard, Sora embarks on a fantastic trip. Curious birds, squealing kites and whispering fireworks whirl by as Sora and the Cloud share a breathtaking adventure in the sky. Along the way the Sora connects his past experiences with the present, which poignantly underscore how joyful memories of childhood and parenthood bind a family together. This wonderful flight of fancy is created in Hoshino's hallmark style: a unique combination of mixed media creates ethereal environments with subtle shading, and contemplative characters who invoke the innocence of youth. Empowering themes of self-discovery, familial awareness, and cultural exchange, with colorfully expressive illustrations will prove popular with early elementary readers and teachers. Also included is a bilingual Japanese translation and informative glossary, which highlight how Hoshino sincerely shares her heritage with readers of all ages and backgrounds.
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Art MoCo's Top 10 Books of 2008 - "a delightful tale of plush creatures" The Woollyhoodwinks, created by San Francisco artists Jeff Root and Scott Runcorn, appeal to fans of handmade crafts and designer toys. Written by collaborators Phil Dumesnil and Asa Sanchez, the 'Hoodwinks first adventure will introduce these playful characters to an even wider and appreciative audience. Learn more at www.woollyhoodwinks.com
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