When a storm sweeps Emi's beloved stuffed fox away from their mountain home, he ends up tattered and alone on a distant shore. A kind old man finds the fox and gives it to his granddaughter, Kiko. As she recovers from an injury of her own, Kiko mends the fox lovingly with golden thread.
As the seasons pass, Kiko cares for the fox as her own. But after discovering his origins, she sets out, with her grandfather's help, to bring the fox back to its original home. Once together, Emi and Kiko piece together the fox's journey and find delight in their newly forged connections. Golden Threads
is inspired by the Japanese art form of kintsugi
, or golden joinery, where broken pottery is repaired with resin painted gold. Kintsugi
values repairing, rather than replacing, believing that the cracks give the broken item its story. This book is also a warm celebration of wabi-sabi
, the Japanese idea that there is beauty in things that may be incomplete or imperfect.
About the Author
SUZANNE DEL RIZZO began her career in picture books as the illustrator of the award-winning Skink on the Brink. She left scientific research to make children's books, creating illustrations with polymer clay/mixed media. Suzanne's author-illustrator debut, My Beautiful Birds, was a New York Times Notable Children's Book and Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature winner. Also the illustrator of the award-winning Sun Dog, Suzanne lives with her family in Oakville, Ontario.
Miki Sato is a Japanese-Canadian illustrator who uses a variety of different textures and materials to create three-dimensional images. Originally from Ottawa, she moved to Toronto to complete her degree in illustration from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her first picture books are Golden Threads written by Suzanne Del Rizzo and Snow Days written by Deborah Kerbel, which won the Northern Lights Book Award and has been shortlisted for the 2020 IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. Other recent titles in the Weather Days collection include Sunny Days and Windy Days.
"A beautiful story of healing and strength."--Kirkus Reviews
"An inspiring cross-cultural message showing that our experiences make us stronger."--Booklist - STARRED REVIEW
"Encourages children to find beauty in imperfections and strength in adversity."--Foreword Reviews - STARRED REVIEW
"[Del Rizzo] reminds her readers that brokenness can lead to finding greater strength, and our imperfections are what make us even more beautiful."--Mighty Village