Kenta and the big wave (#0709LH1)

by Ohi, Ruth

6 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Hardcover (library binding) Annick Press, 2013
Price: USD 17.26
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 2.8
AR 2.7 LG .5 160542EN; RC 2.2 1; LEX AD560L


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From Follett

When a tsunami strikes a small village in Japan, Kenta loses his prized possession a soccer ball that gets swept away by the waves.

From the Publisher
A tsunami has swept everything away -- including Kenta's soccer ball.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Annick Press
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover (library binding)
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBN-10: 1-55451-577-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-55451-577-6
  • Follett Number: 0709LH1
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 2.8
  • ATOS Book Level: 2.7
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 160542EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 2.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: AD560L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 11/01/13
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 09/15/13
  • Library Media Connection starred, 05/01/14
  • Resource Links, 12/01/13
  • School Library Journal, 10/01/13

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (November 1, 2013 (Vol. 110, No. 5))
Preschool-Grade 3. When Kenta, a Japanese boy, hears the warning siren, he and his dog immediately run uphill to the school, as they have practiced, away from the big waves. Along the way, he drops his soccer ball, which bounces down into the sea. After the high waters recede, he and his parents return home to find their house badly damaged and their belongings washed away. Meanwhile, Kenta’s soccer ball floats across the ocean to a beach, where a boy picks it up. After finding someone who can read the name and address on it, he sends it back to Kenta. An appended note explains that, in Japan, children practice tsunami drills. Ohi offers young children a tsunami narrative that is forthright in its treatment but not alarming. The soccer ball’s journey sustains the book’s nicely limited, childlike perspective while adding a symbolic gesture of help for those harmed by a natural disaster. The appealing mixed-media illustrations make this an attractive choice for reading aloud.

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