Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry Of Misuzu Kaneko

are-you-an-echoMisuzu was born in a Japanese fishing village in 1903. She loved school and books and, unlike most girls, got to stay in school until she was seventeen. Her mother managed a bookstore, where Misuzu spent many hours. Young Misuzu wrote poetry and quickly became a successful children’s writer. She wrote about stars, snow, fish, silkworms on mulberry leaves, dandelions, and all the world. An author’s note and a translator’s note provide more information and tell that her work was nearly forgotten. This meticulously researched picture book, with lovely paintings of early 20th century Japanese life, features Misuzu’s heart-breaking story and a collection of her poetry in English and the original Japanese. mjw
Title: Are You An Echo?  The Lost Poetry Of Misuzu Kaneko
Author: Misuzu Kaneko (1903-1930), David Jacobson
: Toshikado Hajiri
: Chin Music Press,  Seattle, Washington
: 20116
Original Language
: Japanese
: Sally Ito and Michiko Tsuboi
Original Copyright
: 1923-1928
: 978-1-634059626
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 9-14
: Poetry, Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: Japan
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Kaneko lived in Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: Japan
: Authors, Fishes, Haiku, Japanese Poets

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