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The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
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The Big Wave (1948)

by Pearl S. Buck

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This book was about two boys who lived in Japan. One of the boys was a farmer and the other a fisherman. After a tsunami, the fisherman's family is killed and he is taken in by the farmers family.He is also offered to live with the Old Gentlemen but he decides to stay with his friends family on the farm. After the village is rebuilt by the sea the boy then chooses to go and live there once again despite the danger.
  laurenmaune | Sep 15, 2015 |
A short story by Pearl S. Buck tells the story of Kino and Jiya, best friends. Jiya's family is killed by a typhoon and he is taken into Kino's family where he grows up and learns to deal with grief. Upon manhood, though, Jiya returns to the sea. Some very tender information about grief and coping. Written for children ages 8-12. ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Jan 2, 2015 |
This is a story for children, and a very quick read. I found it interesting. It deals with a natural disaster in Japan and how one lives after the loss of your family. Two young boys, close friends, live on the coast of Japan when a "big wave" comes. It gets a little emotional. It struck me as an excellent story for all ages, but especially for showing children about unexpected loss and the aftermath. Seems like a perfect book to read and share with children. ( )
  RBeffa | Oct 20, 2014 |
This is a sweet international view of death and life and all that comes in between. I think it would be a great resource for anyone trying to deal with loss. The father has inspirational words on grief and how it lasts. It is on the reading level of 6-12 years, but with the content, I think it could be used for anyone. I can't say enough of how helpful this would be for youth grief counseling.
  AbundaBookworms | Mar 31, 2014 |
This is a book about life and death and learning to live with suffering. A lovely book. I'm not sure how children will react to it. It would be good to start conversation. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. Everyone, including Kino and Jiya, has heard of the big wave. No one suspects it will wipe out the whole village and Jiya's family, too. As Jiya struggles to overcome his sorrow, he understands it is in the presence of danger that one learns to be brave, and to appreciate how wonderful life can be.

The famous story of a Japanese boy who must face life after escaping the tidal wave destruction of his family and village.

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His family and village swept away by a tidal wave, Jiya learns to live with the ever-present dangers from the sea and volcano.

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