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“Poetry and art harmoniously evoke the simplicity of a summer friendship set in Japan.”
—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Natsumi’s Song of Summer

Written by Robert Paul Weston
Illustrated by Misa Saburi
Published by Tundra

Two young cousins who are separated by language, continent and culture meet for the first time when Jill’s family travels from America to Japan to stay with Natsumi’s family during the summer holidays. Natsumi’s nervousness about meeting her cousin from across the sea quickly disappears when she discovers that her cousin is a lot like her: they both love summertime’s hot sandy beaches, cool refreshing watermelon, festivals and fireworks. Then Jill asks Natsumi about the strange buzzing sound that comes from the nearby trees, and Natsumi is nervous once again. What if Jill is frightened of Natsumi’s cherished cicadas, the insects that sing the music of summertime?

This is a tender, evocative story that celebrates the special pleasures of summertime and of reunions with faraway family and friends.

Primary ISBN: 9780735265417

Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 03 or older

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Setting: Japan

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: In Home Country

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