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Sakura's Cherry Blossoms

by Robert Paul Weston

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Simply lovely! Sweet and simple, delightful illustrations and message about finding home in a new home and still remembering where you came from and those who are important to you. Perfect for Preschool-2nd! ( )
  jbarry | Sep 30, 2018 |
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What a sweet book about moving away from your family, finding a way to fit in and still be connected to home. The traditional poetry form, Tanka, is used to add rhythm to Sakura's struggle and emergence. ( )
  molliekay | Apr 18, 2018 |
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A touching story about a young girl who must leave her grandmother in Japan when her father takes a job in the United States. Told in tanka form (five lines, thirty-one syllables), Weston effectively uses metaphor and poetic language to describe Sakura's sadness, her struggle with a new language, and the joy of a new friendship. The illustrations with a hint of traditional woodcut style complement the text very well. ( )
  paeonia | Apr 10, 2018 |
Written in the sparse style of Japanese poetry, and accompanied by artwork that recalls Japanese watercolor, Sakura's Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston is a beautifully rendered tale of love, loss, and cultural upheaval.

Moving to a new country is a huge step. You leave behind all that is familiar, trading it for the strange and unknown, especially if the culture and language is so very different. Sakura's family move to America, leaving her grandmother behind in Japan. She is sad over leaving her grandmother, but is befriended by a boy named Luke, who cheers her somewhat. He teaches her stargazing. She teaches him about flowers. But then she has to return to Japan because her grandmother is very ill. When she comes back to her new home, she is very sad, and doesn't want to play. She's afraid of forgetting her grandmother, without the cherry tree. Luke tells her to wait til spring, and she'll get a surprise. Spring brings with it, not one, but hundreds of cherry trees where she now lives!

Okay, this left me with tears in my eyes. It's not explicitly stated that grandmother passed, but implied. Soooo sad! My cubs agreed, though we all enjoyed the story and its lessons. My favourite picture was the starry tree. This is an excellent addition to any children’s shelf!

***Many thanks to Netgalley and Penguin/ Tundra for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. ( )
  PardaMustang | Mar 16, 2018 |
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Sakura's Cherry Blossoms is a lovely story about a little girl who moves to a new country, away from her grandmother, and has to adjust to her new home. Even though it's not a long book, it conveys so much about the relationship between Sakura and her grandmother, and the friendship she develops with a boy in her new home. It's written in verse and has a nice rhythm when read aloud. The illustrations are really beautiful, and it's worth taking the time to look at all the detail in them as they convey so much about the story. ( )
  LazybeeJr | Mar 13, 2018 |
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"Sakura's dad gets a new job in America, so she and her parents make the move from their home in Japan. When she arrives in the States, most of all she misses her grandmother and the cherry blossom trees, under which she and her grandmother used to play and picnic. She wonders how she'll ever feel at home in this new place, with its unfamiliar language and landscape. One day, she meets her neighbor, a boy named Luke, and begins to feel a little more settled. When her grandmother becomes ill, though, her family takes a trip back to Japan. Sakura is sad when she returns to the States and once again reflects on all she misses. Luke does his best to cheer her up -- and tells her about a surprise he knows she'll love, but she'll have to wait till spring. In the meantime, Sakura and Luke's friendship blooms and finally, when spring comes, Luke takes her to see the cherry blossom trees flowering right there in her new neighborhood."--… (more)

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