Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kinta and the Big Wave by

Good Day Dear Readers-
Love this book for two reasons. First, it's based on a true story. And I love that. Second, I remember reading in the news about this happening and think this book will be a great read when discussing weather disasters or waves/ocean themes. The pictures are well done, and show most of the story. 

I really couldn't come up with unique ideas on activities to go with this. But as I said, Kenta and the Big Wave by Ruth Ohi would make a great companion book to a themed earth science lesson. 

Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: Kenta and the Big Wave
Author and Illustrator: Ruth Ohi

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Annick Press (July 30, 2013)
Reading level: 4 - 7 years
Book Info: Paperback: 32 pages
Genre: Based on true events picture book
ISBN-13: 978-1554515769

Book Theme:
Tsunami, Japan, survival, natural disasters, helping others, family

Book Summary
The tsunami has swept everything away--including Kenta's most prized possession.

When tragedy strikes Kenta's small village in Japan, he does all he can to hang on to the things that matter to him most.  But amidst the chaos of an emergency evacuation brought on by the tsunami, Kenta and his family must quickly leave their home. 

Climbing to safer ground, Kenta watches as his prized soccer ball gets swept away by the waves, never to be seen again...that is, until it washes up on a beach on the other side of the world, into the hands of a child who takes it upon himself to return the ball to its rightful owner.

Activity Adventures:

This would be a great book to start off a lesson on waves, storms, ocean weather....

Investigative Readers:

Crafty Ideas:
Younger children can make a wave bottle while teacher discussed how waves are formed.

Discussion Questions:
Visit Ruth Ohi's site for more information behind the story.

Authors Arena

Author & Illustrator: from author's website

I am the illustrator of  56 children’s picture books (15 of which I am also the author). I have had the great pleasure of illustrating for authors such as Joy Kogawa, Hazel Hutchins and Sharon Jennings.  I live with my family in Toronto, Canada.   I am a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design.
My books have been selected for the Pennsylvania Centre for the Book's “Baker’s Dozen”, the Canadian Toy Testing Council's "Great Books", the Ontario Library Association's "Best Bets", and the Toronto Public Library's "First & Best".  They  have been shortlisted for awards such as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book, Amelia Francis Howard-Gibbons , Mr. Christie, and Blue Spruce.

1 comment:

Ruth Ohi said...

Dear Castle Library,
I am so glad you enjoyed Kenta's story! Thanks so much for this review. Best wishes, Ruth