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Kenta and the Big Wave

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Ruth Ohi is an author, and the illustrator of more than 20 books for children including her bestselling Chicken, Pig, Cow series. She is a tireless presenter at schools and libraries, where she shares secrets of her trade with children. Ruth lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. Check out Ruth's website at


The more important message of connection and caring--a young man carrying an elderly woman on his back as the wind gains greater force, survivors huddling to comfort one another in the colossal wreckage, children somehow finding the ability to laugh and play even in tragedy--rings loudly throughout Ohi's soft, gentle illustrations on every page.--Terry Hong"BookDragon" (08/06/2013) The story of this simple act of goodness is told as a storyteller might relate it, simple language with big themes.--Peter Marino"Pirate Tree" (08/13/2013) The determination of the people in Kenta's village to hold on to hope is a good message for young readers as are the boy's selflessness in returning Kenta's ball and Kenta's gratitude at being reunited with his soccer ball.--Karyn Miehl"CM Magazine" (10/18/2013) Spare language and full-color watercolor illustrations that flesh out the narrative make this a multilayered introduction to Japan, the concept of a tsunami, and the cross-cultural commonality of soccer for children.--Kathleen Flinn"School Library Journal" (10/01/2013) Ohi has written a very simple but compelling look at surviving a natural disaster.--Tasha Saecker"Waking Brain Cells" (10/07/2013) Beautifully written and illustrated.--Laura Reilly"Resource Links" (12/01/2013)

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