Mariko's family has been freed from a Japanese-American internment camp, but the transition hasn't been easy. Because her father's truck has disappeared, he can't start up his gardening business, and the family must move to a trailer park. One day, Mariko's father gives her two seed envelopes. She plants the seeds and even serenades them.
Mariko's father is so preoccupied he doesn't notice her garden -- until he hears her singing. At last he smiles. Flowers from Mariko tells of a family striving to re-establish their lives -- through hope, perseverance, and love.
"The authors create strong imagery with apt metaphors (Mariko hears her worried parents whispering at night, 'their words circling the dark rooms like birds without a safe place to land')....Kumata's suitably spare, mixed media pictures feature an intriguing array of fabrics and textures." -- Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||5 - 9|
|Author||Rick Noguchi, Michelle Reiko Kumata, Deneen Jenks|
|Publication Date||Oct 10, 2001|
|Publisher||Lee & Low Books|