Wednesday, December 2, 2020

"Return to the Most Beautiful Village in the World" - a bookwrap



Return to the Most Beautiful Village in the World 

Authored and Illustrated by Yutaka Kobayashi 


* Ages:  5-10

* Grade Level:  K-5

* Page Count:  40 pages

* Publisher:  Museyon

* Pub. Date:  Aug. 3, 2020

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

"A moving book about kindness, friendship, and hope in the context of conflict and displacement." --Kirkus Reviews

"Home calls, and Mirado will answer, no matter the challenges involved in getting back. His is a lovely, melancholy tale about the magic of returning." --Michelle Anne Schingler, Foreword Reviews

"Stunning landscapes and colors tell the tale of Mirado's journey, with the boy often appearing as a speck in a majestic backdrop. Young readers will feel the warmth of human company and the chill of solitude that marks such a trek." --Lydia Mulvany, Booklist

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This is the third and final book in the series and it is another one that pulls at the heartstrings.  Mirado, a child flautist, left his home to travel with the circus.  Although his life is exciting and he is seeing the world he yearns to go back to his beloved country of Afghanistan which has been ravaged with war and to meet up once again with his good friend Yamo. 

Finally he hears that the war is over and he disengages from the circus and heads back home.  His journey begins by train, then bus, by  horse-drawn wagon and finally by foot.  It's a long difficult trip but with the help of some kind strangers he finally arrives in his Paghman Village and sadly discovers it has been completely destroyed and his friend is no where to be found. Did Mirado undertake this long trek for nothing?  Will he find his friend and restore his beloved village

calling it home once again? 

This story was originally published in Japan in 2003.  The illustrations are engaging and you can feel Mirado's emotions visually embedded in each page.  It is a heartfelt book about adventure, following your heart, kindness, friendship and hope rising out of hopelessness.  I love the book and highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author / Illustrator

Yutaka Kobayashi is a Nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) artist and picture book author.

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