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The Color of Earth by Dong Hwa Kim

The Color of Earth

by Dong Hwa Kim

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An excellent graphical memoir of growing up in Korea, and a young girl's slow unfolding discovery of what it means to be a girl, both biologically and culturally. A lot of familiar, believable childhood emotions and thoughts come across here, despite the rather poetic flavour many of the conversations have. ( )
  Shimmin | Aug 8, 2015 |
I liked this book. It addressed issues such as puberty and other aspects of growing up without making it feel like a lecture. I personally felt like I didn't get as much from this book as I probably could have, if I had known more about the Korean culture, but the book does give very helpful notes to give some background context. I liked the portrayal of the characters, though. They seemed very realistic, which gave the story more believability. It was a good book. ( )
  izzycubs932 | Jul 24, 2015 |
I don't know about a preteen or teen audience, but as an adult I found it really fantastic. Incredibly good drawing and layout, and conception. The topic is frank and earthy, to be sure, and so it might not be for a shy young girl. But I loved it. ( )
  Laura400 | Jun 14, 2014 |
VOYA Ratings: 3Q, 3P

This graphic novel by Kim literally paints beautiful images of the sometimes funny and often confusing journey through adolescence as experienced by the character of Ehwa, a young girl living with her mother in a rural village in Korea. Typical to the genre of graphic novels, there are times when the humor is raunchy and crude yet this feel appropriate given the ages of the characters as they stumble through the natural exploration of their maturing bodies and sexuality. This humor is punctuated with occasional sweeping full-page scene of a lone figure in a pastoral setting. This serves to add a somber and emotional tone to the story as experienced by Ehwa and adds visual appeal for the readers. ( )
  abrial2433 | Jun 8, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this manga. It's rare to have an honest, funny discussion and exploration of sexuality in manga. Also, this humanizes another culture and provides a fairly detailed experience a girl has with growing up in Korea, interacting with males, and learning about her body. I liked that it was historical fiction and loosely referenced some of the societal pressures of being a mother raising a daughter on the outskirts of a town. I read the whole trilogy because they had me hooked. I think the manga will make readers chuckle at the young girl's concern about learning she doesn't have a gouchou.
  superlibrarian88 | Jun 7, 2014 |
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In a timeless village in rural Korea, young Ehwa and her widowed mother live quietly together, best friends and confidantes. With each year that passes, Ehwa blossoms into a young woman as the spring rains bring a new glow to the verdant landscape around them. More changes come with the spring: a chance meeting with a young monk stirs new emotions in Ehwa's heart, and a mysterious artist becomes the first man to catch her mother's eye since Ehwa's father died. As Ehwa discovers love and desire for the first time, her mother learns to open her heart again.… (more)

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