By Kimiko Kajikawa
Illustrated by Ed Young
Penguin Group, February 2009
ISBN-13: 9780399250064

Tsunami! is the unforgettable story of a simple sacrifice which saves hundreds of lives. In a village in ancient Japan,a boy named Tada helps his grandfather, Ojisan, in the rice fields. When Ojisan realizes a tsunami is coming, he orders Tada to burn the fields to warn the village of the coming disaster. Young’s impressionistic collages of hand-painted papers, fabric, and organic material serve to heighten the drama of the story.  His unforgettable depictions of an earthquake, a tidal wave, and burning rice fields are alive with color and texture.  “A visually powerful and dramatic tribute to one man's willingness to sacrifice everything for others,” wrote Kirkus in a starred review.

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