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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439590787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439590785
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 20 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #794,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Karas uses the haiku of the eighteenth-century Japanese poet Issa to limn a gentle, understated tale of one family over a year. The translations, from several different but fairly recent sources, do not always hew to the traditional syllabic format of haiku, but they are simply and clearly crafted. The poems begin in spring with parents, two children, a dog, and a grandfather. "Just being alive! / --miraculous to be in / cherry blossom shadows!" The grandfather is in his chair under the cherry tree, peeling an orange in his lap. In the next image, "Today and today / also--a kite entangled / in a gnarled tree," he rescues his grandson's kite from the cherry blossoms. Karas' art, using rice paper, paint, and pencil, is precise, enticing, and evocative: one panel echoes van Gogh's Starry Night. As autumn begins, Grandfather sits in a field of golden mums, but when trees are bare, the chair is empty, and in falling snow the family, less one, visits the cemetery. Spring comes again, though, and the small daughter now sits in grandfather's chair under the cherry tree. In a note, Karas explains that like Issa's haiku, he tries to "convey the precise feeling of each moment." He succeeds beautifully. GraceAnne DeCandido
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The extraordinary loveliness of this book cover can't be seen from the Amazon book product view until the book is held in one's own hand. On that upper right corner lied two siblings completely absorbing in the moment gazing at a frog, and in them I saw my brother and I in the past, I saw my own two young children today, I saw the artist Karas made this picture perfect and most essentially, I saw Issa's haiku breathing through. Issa(1763-1827), one of the most celebrated and loved haiku master, lost his mother when he was very young and he thus always had a soft spot for young children (as well as vulnerable insects) and for this, he remained to be a special inspirational poet for many. He suffered through his life first by a storybook stepmother and later the loss of his own wife and children but he filled the lack and transcended the pain with sensitivity and compassion and left this world with haiku full of surprises, innocence and elegant simplicity.

TODAY and TODAY has fully inherited ISSA's legacy and succeeded in so many ways. Eighteen of his friendly haiku were exquisitely translated and brought to life through captivating illustrations depicting a family of three generations enjoying todays through four seasons in a year. The artwork done in "rice paper, wood plank, pencil and paint" amazingly deepens the meaning of Issa's Haiku and only if I can enlarge some of them to hang on the wall to open a window of constant reminder that there were no regrets for yesterday, no worries for tomorrow but what truly matters as crystallized by this children's book are those little moments of today and today. From the miraculous cherry blossom to the starry summer sky, from golden chrysanthemums to drifting autumn moon, from grandpa's saving the kite to grandpa's empty chair...but then the spring of the new cycle has arrived again and this book with all its "unique wonder" shall make us appreciate Issa's haiku and Kara's artwork for always and always.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
always and always Sept. 14 2010
By Reflection Haiku - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The extraordinary loveliness of this book cover can't be seen from the Amazon book product view until the book is held in one's own hand. On that upper right corner lied two siblings completely absorbing in the moment gazing at a frog, and in them I saw my brother and I in the past, I saw my own two young children today, I saw the artist Karas made this picture perfect and most essentially, I saw Issa's haiku breathing through. Issa(1763-1827), one of the most celebrated and loved haiku master, lost his mother when he was very young and he thus always had a soft spot for young children (as well as vulnerable insects) and for this, he remained to be a special inspirational poet for many. He suffered through his life first by a storybook stepmother and later the loss of his own wife and children but he filled the lack and transcended the pain with sensitivity and compassion and left this world with haiku full of surprises, innocence and elegant simplicity.

TODAY and TODAY has fully inherited ISSA's legacy and succeeded in so many ways. Eighteen of his friendly haiku were exquisitely translated and brought to life through captivating illustrations depicting a family of three generations enjoying todays through four seasons in a year. The artwork done in "rice paper, wood plank, pencil and paint" amazingly deepens the meaning of Issa's Haiku and only if I can enlarge some of them to hang on the wall to open a window of constant reminder that there were no regrets for yesterday, no worries for tomorrow but what truly matters as crystallized by this children's book are those little moments of today and today. From the miraculous cherry blossom to the starry summer sky, from golden chrysanthemums to drifting autumn moon, from grandpa's saving the kite to grandpa's empty chair...but then the spring of the new cycle has arrived again and this book with all its "unique wonder" shall make us appreciate Issa's haiku and Kara's artwork for always and always.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and worthwhile Nov. 19 2013
By nomadbride - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is beautifully done-- the illustrations, the story, and the telling. It tells the story of a grandparent passing, but it does so in a subtle, bittersweet, and beautiful way. For any child with a loved one who has spent time in the hospital, this will be especially poignant. The memories of the grandfather are clearly beautiful and sweet, and the sickness abrupt and sad. It's done in a way that younger children might not even notice the overall thread of the story but will simply enjoy the pictures and haiku. For older children, though, it is a book to come alongside them to celebrate their own memories and give them permission to grieve for their loss. Additionally, the layers of the book are such that a child age 2 can enjoy the pictures and sound while a five year old will pick up on more and a nine year old will get even more out of the story. It covers a broad range of children and understanding while introducing haiku in a memorable format at the same time.

I highly recommend "Today and Today."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
We love this book July 9 2008
By F. Tu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We love this book. The story comes from an ancient Japanese poem, which is beautiful, but maybe a little too melancholy for little kids to understand and appreciate fully. The illustrations are lovely as well.
Four Stars Nov. 6 2014
By Donald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good book
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Bummer June 24 2007
By J. Stout - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wow, what a disappointment. I kept thinking, This isn't translating well. I don't think it was the English as much as that the ideas were a bit much for my children. We do have a cherry tree, but they couldn't appreciate the poetry because they had a hard time figuring out what was going on. The "seasons" theme was distracting. It seemed like just as soon as they were getting the hang of it, the book flipped the script on them. The illustrations are lovely, so this could be a nice book for the kids to study the pictures, but definitely not a lapbook to read at bedtime.


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