Flowers From MarikoAuthor Rick Noguchi & Deneen Jenks Illustrated by Michelle Reiko Kumata ISBN 9781620143155 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Lee & Low Books Publication Date December 12, 2016 Size 213 x 264 mm
World War II is over and Mariko and her family are finally allowed to leave the camp. But the transition back into society isn't easy. Mariko's father longs to restart his gardening business, but his truck has been stolen. The family moves to a trailer park, where Mariko sees her parents are worried and their spirits are low. She has an idea to create happiness for her family by bringing gardening back into their lives.
Rick Noguchi and Deneen Jenks have written a moving story of how one girl's love and determination lift the spirits of her family. With affecting images of life after the Camps, Michelle Reiko Kumata captures an unforgettable story of hope, love, and perseverance, and plants it in readers' hearts.
Inspire a philosophical exchange over Flowers from Mariko with these discussion questions created by the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children, which is dedicated to bringing philosophical inquiry into schools.
RICK NOGUCHI and DENEEN JENKS are a husband and wife team who live in Culver City, California. This was their first book together.
MICHELLE REIKO KUMATA earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and previously worked as a staff graphic artist for the Seattle Times. Kumata lives in Seattle, Washington.