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The great wave / inspired by a woodcut by Hokusai ; text by Véronique Massenot ; illustrations by Bruno Pilorget ; [English translation, Cynthia Hall].

By: Massenot, Véronique, 1970-.
Contributor(s): Hall, Cynthia A | Pilorget, Bruno | Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Munich ; New York : Prestel, 2011Description: 1 volume : chiefly color illustrations ; 32 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9783791370583; 3791370588.Uniform titles: Grande vague. English Subject(s): Foundlings -- Juvenile fiction | Art, Japanese -- Juvenile fiction | Adoption -- Juvenile fiction | Body size -- Juvenile fiction | Ocean waves -- Juvenile fiction | Japan -- Juvenile fiction | Children's stories -- Pictorial works | Foundlings -- Fiction | Adoption -- Fiction | Growth -- Fiction | Ocean waves -- Fiction | Japan -- FictionGenre/Form: Children's fiction.DDC classification: [Fic] | 843.92 Summary: A Japanese couple adopts a boy found in a giant wave who does not grow, in a story inspired by Hokusai's "The Great Wave Off Kanegawa" and featuring information on the artist and his work on the back lining papers.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

KEYNOTE: Hokusai's classic woodcut of a majestic wave becomes the starting point for a storybook children will want to read again and again. On a stormy winter's day, a baby boy, Naoki, is swept into a fisherman's boat by a great wave. Years pass, but still Naoki does not grow. Must he return to the ocean in order to become a young man? The answer arrives in the form of a mythic fish. Japanese artist Hokusai is one of the world's most celebrated printmakers. His famous woodcut, "The Great Wave," epitomises the artist's characteristic techniques and themes. In this children's book, the artist's masterpiece is the genesis for a simple but compelling story, beautifully illustrated in pictures that recall Hokusai's brilliant use of detail, perspective and colour. A stunning reproduction of the woodcut itself is featured in the book, supplemented by information about the artist and his work. At once modern and classic, The Great Wave introduces young readers to a beloved artist and his timeless portrayals of nature and transformation. Ages 4 and up AUTHOR: Veronique Massenot studied art history and archaeology before she started writing novels and short stories for children. Bruno Pilorget works as an illustrator and has exhibited his paintings worldwide. He lives in Brittany, France. ILLUSTRATIONS: 32 colour illustrations *

Translated from the French.

A Japanese couple adopts a boy found in a giant wave who does not grow, in a story inspired by Hokusai's "The Great Wave Off Kanegawa" and featuring information on the artist and his work on the back lining papers.

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Gr 1-4-Journey on a Cloud is based on Chagall's Bride and Groom with Eiffel Tower. The story takes a village dreamer on a trip around the world by cloud, ultimately leading him to his true love. The Great Wave is based on Hokusai's woodcut The Great Wave off Kanagawa. It tells the story of a couple who receive a baby from the sea's waves. The child is troubled by his odd origins until he realizes the importance of his love for his adopted parents. Each book is illustrated in a style reminiscent of the artist, and the stories incorporate common folktale elements from Japanese and European culture, respectively. Back matter includes a reproduction of the original artwork and a question-and-answer page about the artist and his work. While the works of Hokusai and Chagall are indeed inspiring, and the idea of expanding their reach through storytelling is sound, these tales fall somewhat flat. Despite the use of common folk tropes, they lack the elemental power of time-tested folklore, instead wandering aimlessly and leaving too many loose ends and unanswered questions. The stories are fanciful but pointless and do little to convey the messages of the original works of art. Art teachers may find them useful as points of focus on Hokusai and Chagall, but they are not strong as literature.-Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.