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In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month I'm reading a beautifully illustrated new picture book: Tiny Feet Between the Mountains, by Hanna Cha. According to the author's note, the story draws upon Korean reverence for tigers. "Tigers constantly appeared in Korean stories and images, sometimes as deities, sometimes as threats," says the author. In the story, a little girl named Soe-In packs her belongings in a "bojagi" and bravely heads out to confront a dangerous situation. I got to wondering, what is a bojagi? Turns out it is a lovely, environment-friendly style of wrapping possessions or gifts in cloth, similar to Japanese "furoshiki." The video below mine offers an example of Korean bojagi wrapping, if you'd like to learn how it's done.
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library media specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
Chomp, by Carl Hiaasen
"Along with her contemporaries Ellen Tarry and Ezra Jack Keats, Gyo [Fujikawa] made books that opened the door for today's conversations about diversity. She started with an empty white page and a wish for a bigger, better world and laid out a whole dream--inviting publishers, teachers, readers, future writers, and illustrators to imagine a more inclusive future."
--It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Julie Morstad