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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 resource 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?
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell
His eyes are soft. “Do you know why I became a librarian?”
I wait for him to tell me, because of course I don’t.
“Dewey,” he says. “As in the decimal system.”
I’m not sure if he’s joking or not, but he continues, “I like order. I like organization. The idea of all the information in the world, all organized, everything in its place—I like that idea.”
He clears his throat. “But I’ve been doing this job for a long time. And the thing I’ve learned is that stories aren’t about order and organization. They’re about feelings. And the feelings don’t always make sense. See, stories are like …” He pauses, brow furrowing, then nods, satisfied in finding the right comparison: “Water. Like rain. We can hold them tight, but they always slip through our fingers.”
I try to hide my shock. Joe doesn’t seem like the poetic type.
His caterpillar eyebrows knit together. “That can be scary. But remember that water gives us life. It connects continents. It connects people. And in quiet moments, when the water’s still, sometimes we can see our own reflection.”
--From When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Heller, winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal