Seeking a thoughtful biography? Striking illustrations? Children’s poems that wake you up to the world around you? You’re in luck: Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko (Chin Music, $19.50) weaves all these elements into a harmonious whole. Michiko Tsuboi and Sally Ito have translated a selection of Kaneko’s poems, accompanied by the original Japanese text, into English for the first time, while David Jacobson provides a compelling account of her short but eventful life. With warmhearted illustrations from Toshikado Hajiri, this volume digs deeply into the empathy, sorrow, and joy that define life as we know it. Ages 6-11.
Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko - Toshikado Hajiri, David Jacobson