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Sunny Seki received a BA photography in his native Japan and studied illustration at Pasadena Art Center College of Design. He is the author and illustrator of the award-winning books The Tale of the Lucky Cat and Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll. Sunny leads a Japanese poetry senryu group and spends much time retelling and illustrating Japanese folk tales.
"This is a Japanese 'Lorax' folk tale with a cautionary message about taking care of our earth!" -PragmaticMom.com blog "The illustrations, mostly bordered rectangles set against handmade paper, combine elements of Japanese wood-carved prints with cartoonlike faces and great detail, showing both traditional agricultural scenes and industrialization." -Kirkus "...a beautifully scripted and illustrated story of love, friendship, and adventure that includes Japanese text alongside the English translation, making it a great way for kids to learn Japanese." -Midwest Book Review "The illustrations are beautiful, engaging and ever so detailed! There is a really good balance of description vs. dialogue in this book..." -MissJennysClassroom.com "A cautionary tale about protecting the environment, and having the courage to help our friends despite the danger to ourselves. (As a side note, the myth of the kappa is actually the origin of our modern story of mutant ninja turtles!)" -AllDoneMonkey.com "This engaging tale offers an easy-to-understand environmental lesson along with an accessible introduction to Japanese folklore and culture for young readers." -School Library Journal "This is a wonderful book filled with interesting illustrations and an important message embedded in a lovely story. It can be used as a bridge to talking with children about how they can help the water clean, as well as the environment as a whole." -Castle View Academy blog "The kappa, translated 'river child,' are believed to be messengers of the god of water and have been part of Japanese folklore for hundreds of years." -California Kids! Family Fun Guide