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About the Author
Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her family. Heather is the author of several picture books, including the award-winning The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden. Her middle-grade novel Ebb and Flow was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, and her YA novel The Agony of Bun O'Keefe won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award and was shortlisted for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.
Rachel Wada's work is defined by heavy texture, bold color, and intricate details that capture the nuances of people, places, and ideas, real and surreal. Rachel's identity as Japanese-Cantonese, an immigrant, and a woman informs her artistic practice. She loves to put her own spin on traditional techniques, motifs, and symbolism inspired by her cultural background. This duality of old and new is also apparent in her use of both traditional and digital mediums, and she draws inspiration from a variety of sources, from Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese pottery, and ceramics, food packaging design to traditional folk art. She has a special love for the ocean, tea, and noodles of all kinds. Rachel lives in Vancouver.
★ "A beautifully rendered tale of loss, love, grief, and gentle healing."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "A moving tale...offers comfort and peace to those left behind."--Booklist, starred review
★ "An affecting, well-rendered resource for talking about catastrophes and grief both personal and communal."--Publisher Weekly, starred review
★ "Smith spins a quietly moving narrative...Wada's large-scale woodblock style illustrations are a perfect complement to the story's restrained text...The graceful way in which this book handles a sensitive and serious subject makes it a first purchase for most picture book collections."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Text and illustration come together to make this a memorable story of love, loss, and despair tinged with the hope that comes when healing can finally begin...This book has a wide range of appeal and will fit into many curriculum areas. Highly Recommended."--School Library Connection
"This tender look at both personal and community loss shows how we begin to take the first small, difficult steps toward healing."--The Horn Book
"Beautifully lyrical...This story is sure to be a favourite...Highly recommended for all children's libraries."--Resource Links
"Touching tale of loss and resilience."--Hakai Magazine
"[An] affecting story...Will provide much material for thought and discussion. The artwork will also give inspiration to budding illustrators of all ages."--CM: Canadian Review of Materials