Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers Book



As promised, this next book review is the fictional partner to my last book review for Sleeping Bear Press, K is for Kabuki. As always a little about the company:


Since our first success with The Legend of Sleeping Bear (Official Children’s Book of Michigan) in 1998, Sleeping Bear Press has impressed young readers, parents, teachers and booksellers with high-quality, beautifully illustrated picture books. As a small regional publisher based in Chelsea, Michigan, we’re proud to say that readers throughout the country know us by name. Our authors and illustrators are visiting more schools and bookstores than ever before. Our books have inspired sterling reviews, won awards, have been featured in presentations and even found their way under the White House Christmas tree. No matter our size, our goal remains the same: Provide books that enrich children’s lives through stories that blend entertaining text with educational content.

Now, a decade after the publication of The Legend of Sleeping Bear, our list has continued to grow and expand. In addition to our widely known Discover America Sate-by-State series, we have more than six different series including our Tales of Young Americans and our newest series Tales of the World.


Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers:

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Japanese provincial governors had to travel between the cities of Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo). This 300+ mile journey on the historic Tokaido Road required the presence of one to three thousand attendants (carriers). Yuki’s father has been called to Edoand she, along with her mother and pet dog, must accompany him in this royal procession. Yuki does not want to go. She will miss her home and her teacher. But she must not be disrespectful so Yuki captures her thoughts in haiku, a Japanese form of poetry.

Once outside the gate
How will I find my way back?
Will home disappear?

Inspired by the woodcuts of Japanese printmaker, Hiroshige, award-winning author Gloria Whelan brings a cultural event to life through the observant eyes and thoughtful verses of a young Japanese girl.

Adding to the excitement is www.discovertheworldbooks.com a new interactive website for kids, families, and educators featuring both Discover the World and Tales of the World titles.   The site includes games, recipes, travel tips, history, cultural links, and more!

My take:   I believe that children will easily relate to this story since it is told by a young Japanese girl’s viewpoint.  I remember learning about hiku in school and there are many great examples found in this book.  As always Sleeping Bear Press does an wonderful job of illustrations…the different seasons and landscapes are exquisite.

Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers retails for $17.95






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Comments (249)

  1. ‘B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet ” sounds nice. I love haiku. My family doesn’t understand why I like it so much.

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