Thank You, Miyuki (Hardcover)
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Miyuki and her grandfather return in an enchanting intergenerational story enhanced by Seng Soun Ratanavanh's gorgeous Japanese-inspired illustrations. Miyuki's curiosity is piqued by her grandfather's morning meditation routine, and she is eager to learn this new skill. Her wise and patient grandfather first takes her on a walk in the garden. "When do we start to meditate?" she asks repeatedly. Grandfather enjoys the warm sun and stops to smell a rose, inviting Miyuki to join him. Their walk in the garden, filled with many tender moments, heightens their gratitude for each other and for the world around them. Miyuki comes to understand that in the small acts of mindfulness throughout her day, she learned how to meditate.
About the Author
Prize-winning writer, poet, and children's book author Roxane Marie Galliez has a doctorate in the history of ancient civilizations and traveled the Pacific Islands for several years as a researcher and journalist. She lives near Saint-Etienne, France.
A graduate of the School of Fine Arts in Paris, illustrator and painter Seng Soun Ratanavanh lives just outside of Paris, France.
"Joy emerges in the discovery of small things in the world. A compelling double-page spread places a small Miyuki and Grandpa up and off to the side as he reminds her of all that they have contemplated, communicating to young readers that we are but a part of our world-not the whole of it. The stylized nature of these highly patterned, textured illustrations plays with size and scale, light and color, to immerse readers in the delight and peace inherent in meditation, contemplation, and reflection. A tale that blooms in its realism and message of kindness and love."
- STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews
"The book's signature, fanciful Japanese-inspired illustrations are full of bright origami paper patterns and whimsical, oversized flowers as the girl and her grandfather explore, observe, and reflect on the natural beauty all around them, perhaps learning about meditation after all."
- STARRED REVIEW Foreword Reviews
The lively, lyrical prose is an ideal complement to the gorgeous watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, which incorporate traditional Japanese imagery and yuzen patterns into fanciful, imaginative scenes, like the pair dwarfed by lotus bloom and inside a teacup....Though some concepts might need explaining (such as Tai Chi), this overall gives a sense of what meditation can be and highlights appreciating nature's beauty with someone special.