Cool Melons- Turn to Frogs!: The Life and Poems of Issa (Paperback)

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Cool Melons- Turn to Frogs!: The Life and Poems of Issa By Matthew Gollub, Kazuko Stone (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matthew Gollub, Kazuko Stone (Illustrator)
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A very brief picturebook biography of one of Japan's greatest Haiku poets, Issa. Text telling the story of Issa's life is interspersed with lines of haiku illuminating the text and with water color and colored pencil illustrations. An extensive author's note makes this volume helpful for teaching about haiku or for just enjoying the selections within. — Northshire Staff

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For hundreds of years, school children in Japan have been introduced to poetry through the work of Issa.

For hundreds of years, school children in Japan have been introduced to poetry through the work of Issa. Born in 1763 on a farm in central Japan, Issa began writing poetry as a young child, inspired by his deep love for the natural world. Later in his boyhood and throughout his life, poetry was also Issa's refuge in times of joy and in times of suffering.

Matthew Gollub's poignant rendering of Issa's life and over thirty of his best-loved poems, along with Kazuko Stone's sensitive and humorous watercolor paintings, make Cool Melons a classic introduction to Issa's work for readers of all ages. With authentic Japanese calligraphy, a detailed Afterword, and exhaustive research by both author and illustrator, this is also an inspirational book about haiku, writing, nature, and life.

About the Author


Matthew Gollub is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Ten Oni Drummers and Cool Melons, an ALA Notable Book and a Horn Book "Fanfare" selection, published by Lee & Low. He lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his wife and their son. To find out more about Matthew Gollub, visit his website: www.matthewgollub.com. Kazuko G. Stone has illustrated many books for children in the United States and her native Japan. Some of her American titles includeDorobo the Dangerous, Good Night, Twinkle Gator, and Aligay Saves the Day. Stone was born in Tokyo and now lives in New York City. She has two grown children, a daughter and son. In addition to illustrating, she teaches design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parson's School of Design. Visit her online at kazukogstone.com.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781584302414
ISBN-10: 1584302410
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2013
Pages: 40
Language: English