The Big Wave is timely again. Pearl S. Buck mostly wrote books for adults, but she also wrote this children’s book, The Big Wave. Published in 1948 (and 1986), it is again timely because the setting is in Japan.
Pearl S. Buck is the author of many distinguished books for children and adults. She won the Child Study Association’s Children’s Book Award for The Big Wave, the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Good Earth, and in 1938 received the Nobel Prize for literature.
The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck Free PowerPoint and PDF
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Just today, another 7.4 magnitude earthquake and possible Tsunami are happening in Japan. In the news, it is on our minds, and this book would be a timely read. Parents who read this aloud or let children read this would help connect today’s events with prior human experiences.
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On one Amazon review, I read that a parent read this to a child as young as six, and it became a favorite bedtime story. Parents and teachers would have to decide for themselves what ages would be appropriate, but the story deals mostly with the aftermath of the big wave and the hope and healing that followed.
The Big Wave Synopsis
The story is about Kino and Jiya who live in Japan. Kino lives (safely) on a farm on a mountain, and Jiya lives in a fishing village below. The big wave destroys the village and Jiya’s family. Jiya goes to live with Kino’s family. This is a famous story of a Japanese boy who must face life after escaping the tidal wave destruction of his family and village. Jiya comes to experience again how wonderful life can be.
Children need adults to help them find better books than Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Fun books have their own place, perhaps in being the first books children read independently. But adults who read aloud to children can select educational books (unless the book has to be forced). Happy thoughtful reading, Carolyn