Peach Heaven (Hardcover)
“What is the best thing about where you live? Share something unusual about it.”
I smiled as I wrote “Peaches.”
The peaches grown in Bucheon are the best in all of South Korea, and a rare treat for a young Yangsook. She dreams of a peach orchard where she can play and eat as much of the delicious fruit as she wishes. Then one day, after hours of a sudden heavy downpour, the sky begins to rain peaches. Yangsook finds herself in peach heaven—until she remembers the farmers who have lost their harvest and decides she must help them.
Fully revised and re-illustrated, Peach Heaven is a timeless ode to human kindness and childhood wonder based on the author’s early life.
Yangsook Choi is the author and/or illustrator of many celebrated picture books, including The Name Jar and A Letter to My Best Friend, and Janet Wong’s This Next New Year. Born and raised in Korea, she now divides her time between New York and Seoul.
“The colored-pencil artwork, full-and double-page spread, has an appealing simplicity.” —Booklist
“Yangook's vision of peace and harmony mirrors Choi's personal experiences, and her thoughtful main character embodies the same pensive tone found in the soft brownish-greenish peachy palate, making the whole experience one tasty bite.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Deftly told and gracefully illustrated, Choi's vibrant and appealing childhood recollection is a memorable tale of a young person making a difference.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Colorful illustrations clearly evoke the tale's setting and the emotions of the characters. Told from Yangsook's point of view, the narrative is sweet and direct.” —School Library Journal
“Choi's vivid recollection of one extraordinary day takes on the timeless feel of a classic tale.” —Publishers Weekly