Patience, Miyuki: (Intergenerational Picture Book Ages 5-8 Teaches Life Lessons of Learning How to Wait, Japanese Art and Scenery)


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$18.95  $17.62
Princeton Architectural Press
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8.6 X 11.7 X 0.5 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

A graduate of the School of Fine Arts in Paris, illustrator and painter Seng Soun Ratanavanh lives outside Paris, France. Prize-winning writer, poet, and children's book author Roxane Marie Galliez has a doctorate in the history of ancient civilizations and traveled the Pacific Islands for several years as a researcher and journalist. She lives near Saint-Etienne, France.


"Galliez's lively, descriptive text pairs nicely with Ratanavanh's bright, graphic illustrations that feature bold floral patterns in red, yellow, and green as well as iconic Japanese objects such as the swan. Throughout, natural elements such as flowers, rushing water, insects, birds, and more appear prominently both in the foreground and the background, and Ratanavanh plays a bit with perspective as well-sometimes Miyuki appears quite small next to a giant frog and a big white rabbit. Eager young readers will find a kindred spirit in eager Miyuki."
- Kirkus Reviews
STARRED REVIEW "Bursting with enthusiasm at the first signs of spring, Miyuki ignores her grandfather's reminders to be patient and wanders far from home in search of the purest water to entice a promising bud to blossom. The book's springtime scenes, lucky cats, and colorful yukata in origami paper patterns pay cheerful tribute to traditional Japanese style and customs. It's destined to be a modern classic."
- Foreword Reviews
"The illustrations in some picture books are so devouringly gorgeous that it almost doesn't matter what the words say. That's the case with Seng Soun Ratanavanh's pictures in Patience, Miyuki, which tells of a little girl's transports on the first day of spring. In glorious pictures that set a delicacy of line amid swaths of Japanese patterns, Ms. Ratanavanh plays with proportion in a way that evokes the swoops and darts of a child's imagination. Here Miyuki towers over the recalcitrant flower; there she's tiny enough to nestle in its rosy petals. It's a beauty."
- The Wall Street Journal