The Wakame Gatherers, read by author Holly Thompson | Picture Book Read Aloud
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The Five College Center for East Asian Studies is pleased to present Holly Thompson reading her picture book The Wakame Gatherers (Shen’s/Lee&Low, October 2007; coming in paperback fall 2020). The video also includes a short introduction to wakame seaweed. From now until June 30, 2020, teachers and parents can share this book with children.
The Wakame Gatherers: A bicultural girl in Japan goes wakame seaweed gathering with her Japanese and American grandmothers. Nanami must serve as translator for the two women, whom she comes to understand were at war when they were her age. Included after the story are an author’s note about wakame, a glossary of Japanese words used, and recipes for wakame by Nanami and each of her grandmothers. Learn more about the book and see the Teacher’s Guide here: https://www.leeandlow.com/books/the-wakame-gatherers
Holly Thompson was raised in New England and earned a B.A. in biology from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. in English from New York University’s Creative Writing Program. Longtime resident of Japan, she teaches creative writing at Yokohama City University, U.C. Berkeley Extension, and Boston’s Grub Street Creative Writing Center, and presents at schools worldwide.
The Five College Center for East Asian Studies is a national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), which is supported by a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation. Learn more at www.fivecolleges.edu/fcceas and nctasia.org.