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The Great Wave: A Children's Book Inspired by Hokusai Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-30 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 8 user ratings
ISBN:3791370588
LANGUAGE:English

" Saw this at the MIA (giftshop) today, what a great way to introduce a kid to some good art. " said.

" I read this story on May 5th in celebration of children: children's festival in Japan " said.

" Amazing story and great lead in to art lessons about The Great Wave! " said.

" The artwork is sublime.The story has 3 magical twists that engage our imagination. How can we use this book? It leads on to imagining and describing the people's sensory experiences. It lends itself to prediction questions. The character development at the end is inferred, the rest is literal. " said.

" Eine wunderschönes Buch für zwischendurch. Die Zeichnungen gefallen mir ausgesprochen gut und durch das große Format kommen sie sehr gut zur Geltung. Die Geschichte selbst ist in wenigen Worten erzählt, fast märchenhaft. Obwohl nur aus wenigen Seiten bestehend, schaffen es Massenot & Pilorget einen stimmungsvollen Ausschnitt der japanischen Kultur lebendig werden zu lassen. " said.

"Hokusai's "Great Wave" is as recognizable as the Mona Lisa - one of the true treasures of world art. It's inspired many artists in many ways, including this charming children's fable.

There's not a lot to the story, a boy found by a childless couple, under mysterious, perhaps magical circumstances. Given such a versatile start, I was surprised that the writer did so little with the characters and story line. The artwork redeems this book, though. Its style stays close to the woodcut tradition, and gives a strong impression of Edo-era Japan. The modern look melds well, though, keeping it from being mere imitation. Dragons and fish from Eastern myth help out, too. In the end, though, lack of drama leaves this nothing more than pleasant. (I mean, even The Cat in the Hat has more in the way of conflict, crisis, and resolution.)

If you can find it as reasonable price, it could be an enjoyable one - as well as a read-to-me kid's intro to famous imagery. I can't call it a must-have for any collection, though.

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"I purchased this book for my Montessori 3-6 classroom as part of our Asian art studies. I made matching cards of his work and art activities where the students used water colors to paint their own version of several of his famous paintings. By the time the book arrived, the students had learned to recognize both this art piece and his style of painting in general. They greatly enjoyed looking at the vibrant art work and following the story line. This book is a wonderful addition to Asian studies for children from through three through upper elementary grades." said.

"Used it in my elementary art lesson on Hokusai. Includes aspects of Japanese culture in story format." said.

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