Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

Book cover for Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko by Misuzu Kaneko

Misuzu Kaneko


Toshikado Hajiri

Book Summary

In early-1900s Japan, Misuzu Kaneko grows from precocious bookworm to instantly-beloved children’s poet. But her life ends prematurely, and Misuzu’s work is forgotten. Decades later her poems are rediscovered—just in time to touch a new generation devastated by the tsunami of 2011. This picture book features Misuzu’s life story plus a trove of her poetry in English and the original Japanese.

Big Catch:
At sunrise, glorious sunrise
it’s a big catch!
A big catch of sardines!

On the beach, it’s like a festival
but in the sea, they will hold funerals
for the tens of thousands dead.

Edited by: David Jacobson, Sally Ito, Michiko Tsuboi

Japan, Poetry, Poet, Asia, Sheroes, Asian

Age Range
Ages 12+ (grades 8 and up), Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3), Ages 9 to 12 (grades 4-7)
Chin Music Press Inc.; Illustrated edition (Sept. 23 2016)
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