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About the Author
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. Rachel lives in Vancouver.
★ "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"
"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"
"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"
"A moving concept, and the book might open discussion about ways to deal with death and loss."-- "The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books"
"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"
"Wondrous, full of grace, and so poignant."-- "Sal's Fiction Addiction"
"This book is an essential purchase for elementary school libraries and home libraries. Children need to learn empathy, coping skills and the simplicity of communicating to help during the healing process."-- "Must Read Literature: K thru YA"
"Tackles tragedy with compassion and shows that beauty and community can be found in even the darkest times...The illustrations, inspired by traditional Japanese art, are my favorite from any picture book in 2019 and perfectly capture the story's themes of hope and loss. While young readers may have many questions about death, this book answers one of the biggest ones--how do we move forward? The answer, according to Mr. Hirota, is together."-- "Canadian Children's Book News"