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VINE VOICEon April 19, 2008
This illustrated children's book makes a great companion to Cool Melons - Turn To Frogs!: The Life And Poems Of Issa. Both are illustrated with care and understanding, and The Haiku Picturebook gives a short commentary on each poem, which aids haiku novices in understanding some of the associations that the Japanese would take for granted. As usual, I find that the kids' book takes nothing for granted in the reader's understanding, so it holds your hand a little more and makes for a more pleasant initial experience. Well done!
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on March 9, 2013
This has the translated Haiku of Japan's masters. They are poems that children can relate to and pictures which express the beauty of the poem. My son's Montessori school is studying Asia this year and I purchased several books for the school that related. The teacher and students are very satisfied with this book.
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on August 23, 2007
If you are a Haiku lover you'll just enjoy this
perfect selection and harmonious pictures,
if you are novice
it is a nice introduction to the world of Haiku
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on April 28, 2007
Reviewed by Brianne Plach (age 9) for Reader Views (4/07)

Would you like to learn about Japan and a different form of poetry at the same time? If so, then the "Haiku Picturebook for Children" is for you. This book combines the Japanese words with the English, a poem, an explanation of what is meant by each haiku and a delightful illustration on each two-page spread.

Kozo Shimizu is the illustrator who brings the words to life in this book. I loved looking at the pictures and see a part of Japan and their people. This is wonderful book where children will love looking at the pictures and hearing the words. This book can also be used when studying haikus in school. Take a trip to Japan just by opening the pages of this book!

Note from Brianne's mother: This picture book for children will introduce children to Japan and its poetry.

Book received free of charge.
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on December 12, 2006
This is a very nicely written haiku book with the haikus presented in English and Japanese. The Japanese presentation is done in characters as well as romanized phonetically. It is NOT however a boardbook as the description reads and it is why I gave this a 4 star rating rather than a 5. I bought this book for my 2.5 year old who still tends to not be quite as careful of printed material as one might like.
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