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Cool Melons--Turn to Frogs!
Cool Melons--Turn to Frogs!

Cool Melons--Turn to Frogs!

The Life and Poems of Issa

By Matthew Gollub, Illustrated by Kazuko G. Stone

JUVENILE FICTION

40 Pages, 8.25 x 10.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: July 2017

ISBN 9781889910505

Rights: US & CA

Tortuga Press (Jul 2017)

Price: $17.95
 
 

Overview

For hundreds of years, school children in Japan have been introduced to poetry through the work of Issa. Born in 1763 on a farm in central Japan, Issa began writing poetry as a young child, inspired by his deep love for the natural world. Later in his boyhood and throughout his life, poetry was also Issa's refuge in times of joy and in times of suffering. Matthew Gollub's poignant rendering of Issa's life and over thirty of his best-loved poems, along with Kazuko Stone's sensitive and humorous watercolor paintings, make Cool Melons a classic introduction to Issa's work for readers of all ages. With authentic Japanese calligraphy, a detailed Afterword, and exhaustive research by both author and illustrator, this is also an inspirational book about haiku, writing, nature, and life.A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the YearALA Notable Children's BookAmerican Library Association's "Choices"Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) "Editor's Choice"San Francisco Chronicle Best Children's Books of the YearBank Street College of Education Asian Pacific American Award for Literature,Children's and Young Adult CategoryCalifornia CollectionsCalifornia ReadersChildren's Book of the YearOutstanding MeritBank Street College Children's Book Committee

Reviews

"As restrained, graceful, and concise as the art form it honors." —The Horn Book, starred review

"Readers would be hard-pressed to find a more eloquent…and inspiring approach to understanding (and writing) this deceptively simple art form." —Publisher's Weekly, starred review

Author Biography

Matthew Gollub is a nationally known children's author, speaker and performer. He has created 18 picture books which together have garnered 25 national awards and distinctions. His musical narrations on audio CDs accompany some of his most popular books including The Jazz Fly and Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga. A dynamic drummer and bilingual presenter, he has also performed at over 1,000 elementary schools nationwide, inspiring students and families to read for fun. He lives with his family in Santa Rosa, CA.

Awards

A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the YearALA Notable Children's BookAmerican Library Association's "Choices"Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) "Editor's Choice"San Francisco Chronicle Best Children's Books of the YearBank Street College of Education Asian Pacific American Award for Literature,Children's and Young Adult CategoryCalifornia CollectionsCalifornia ReadersChildren's Book of the YearOutstanding MeritBank Street College Children's Book Committee