for Cinnamon, Mint, & Mothballs by Ruth Tiller and Aki Sogabe
A city child's description of her grandmother's rural home includes ordinary details that she herself finds extraordinary: the pantry, the bathtub with feet, the dirt-floor in the cellar and, of course, the cistern out back. Coziness and quiet comfort are the hallmarks of her overnight visit with her grandma and great aunt. Stunning illustrations were created from black paper cut freehand and placed over sheets of painted ricepaper, giving an ethereal quality to everyday places and occurrences. Outstanding reproduction and distinguished book design enhance the mood of sharing a special place with a beloved family member. Grandmother is depicted in the illustrations as Asian-American, while her grandchildren are biracial (Asian/white). (Ages 4-8)
CCBC Choices 1993. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993. Used with permission.
Haiku-like verse and Japanese cut-paper and hand-colored rice-paper illustrations highlight a depiction of a little girl's visit with her grandmother, in which the everyday occurrences of life take on extra meaning.
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