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The East-West House: Noguchi's Childhood in Japan Hardcover – August 1, 2009
From School Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful tribute to the artist as child. Christy Hale's illustrations and words:
"He walked watching shadows shift.
Light on stone revealed secret colors.
Water mirrored shapes above---
a kaleidoscope in motion."
This loving presentation for children is followed by a 3-page, detailed postscript that provides the authoritative context of his life. This includes a short but suitable segway into continuing his little known adolescence as a typical High School teenager for the four highly important years in LaPorte, Indiana. --Glenn Ralston
He and his mother stayed together and she introduced him to the wonders of nature. "Earth, rock, flowers, trees--these were Isamu's trusted friends." He had no friends in school because he was teased and shunned. The joy that he did not find in other children, he found in his art. His mother bought a piece of land and Isamu, at the tender age of eight, drew up the plans for the construction of an east-west house. The boy was becoming a man as he supervised the workers and "watched each detail with care. What was going to happen to this little boy who didn't seem to be welcome in either the east or the west?
This is a soft and gentle biography of Isamu Noguchi, a boy who whose parentage bridged two worlds, and left him belonging to neither one. Both the beautiful artwork and the text will make both the adult and child understand what it is like to feel alienated from two worlds he came from. This type of children's book is a perfect way to introduce young children to the world of art and could easily provide a stepping stone into more research for a report. In the back of the book are several photographs and a more in depth biography of Isamu. This is one beautiful, touching book that will be hard to pass up!
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