Sora's Seashells: A Name Is a Gift to Be Treasured

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$17.99  $16.73
Candlewick Press (MA)
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9.3 X 10.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Helena Ku Rhee grew up in Los Angeles and has lived in various parts of the United States, Asia, and Europe. She is the author of the picture books Rosa's Song and The Paper Kingdom, both illustrated by Pascal Campion, and The Turtle Ship, illustrated by Colleen Kong-Savage. Helena Ku Rhee currently lives in Los Angeles.

Stella Lim studied fine art and graduated from Kingston University. She based her work for Sora's Seashells on sketches from Ji-Hyuk Kim. Stella Lim lives with her family in Seoul, South Korea.

Ji-Hyuk Kim is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Through Your Eyes: My Child's Gift to Me by Ainsley Earhardt as well as many book jackets and covers. Ji-Hyuk Kim lives in South Korea.


In her grief, a child finds new meaning in a cherished activity. . . . The illustrators deftly layer shadows and blur boundaries between colors, evoking the feeling of a warm memory. . . . A tender tale of loss and love.
--Kirkus Reviews

In this poignant picture book, Rhee unspools an uplifting tale with soothing narration that harmonizes beautifully with Lim's stunning watercolor art. The blending of paint creates shadows to accentuate Sora's grief over her Halmoni and the loneliness she feels at school. Young readers will find Sora's confidence empowering and see that her story honors the strengths in both kindness and confidence.
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Sora's Seashells is a touching tale, complete with enchanting illustrations, about the gift of the grandparent-grandchild relationship, the gift of a name, and the gift of kindness.
--Hakai Magazine