Listening to Trees: George Nakashima, Woodworker (Hardcover)

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A poetic and moving picture book biography celebrating the life and work of the visionary Japanese American woodworker George Nakashima.

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, George Nakashima began a love story with trees that grew throughout his remarkable life as architect, designer and woodworker. During World War II, George, with his wife Marion and their baby daughter, endured incarceration in Minidoka prison camp, where he drew comfort from the discipline of woodworking. Once free, George dedicated the rest of his life to crafting furniture from fallen or discarded trees, giving fresh purpose and dignity to each tree, and promoting a more peaceful world.

Author Holly Thompson narrates Nakashima’s life using haibun, a combination of haiku and prose, which twines smoothly through Toshiki Nakamura’s earthy illustrations. A foreword by Nakashima’s daughter Mira and robust back matter will deepen young readers' understanding of woodworking and poetry and offer added insights to the work of a master artisan.

About the Author

Holly Thompson is the author of two picture books in verse: Twilight Chant, an NCTE Notable Poetry Book, and One Wave at a Time, a story about grief and healing. Her picture book The Wakame Gatherers was an NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and featured in NCT Asia programs. A graduate of the NYU Creative Writing Program, she writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction for children, teens and adults, and teaches creative writing in Japan, the U.S., and places in between.

Toshiki Nakamura is an animator and children’s book illustrator. Born and raised in Japan, he moved to San Francisco right after earning a B.A. in politics. He graduated from Academy of Art University, where he studied concept art and visual development. He lives in Kanagawa, Japan.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780823450497
ISBN-10: 082345049X
Publisher: Neal Porter Books
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2024
Pages: 48
Language: English