Title: Patience, Miyuki
Writer: Roxane Marie Galliez (illustrated by Seng Soun Ratavanah
Publishing House: Princeton Architectural Press
Date of Publication: October 1st 2019
Rating: 5 stars
‘’Blue earth, orange moon, Spring was all dressed up and ready for her first day of the year. Miyuki was ready, too. She was already up and running through the garden.’’
Little Miyuki is a lively child who has a strained relationship with patience. Children are anything but patient as we all know. Spring is coming and our little heroine is eager to see the flowers in the garden bloom, the trees awaken. But the rain is unwilling to provide its gift and Miyuki starts wandering in the forest, walking by the lakes and the rivers, talking to the wells and the clouds, trying to find water to bring the flower to life. Ηer endeavour isn’t always successful and her impatience grows. And then, her grandfather intervenes to help her understand that Nature doesn’t work in the way we expect. Every flower, every tree, every living being is nurtured as it should. We only have to wait and witness the miracle of the seasons.
A beautiful book for young children that demonstrates the wisdom of Nature, the deep affinity between a child and the environment, the significance of the circle of life through the Japanese tradition. The illustrations in red, blue, white and green are truly eye-catching and Miyuki is one of the liveliest and most relatable characters.
‘’Be patient, my little girl. Neither flowers nor anyone in the world deserves to be watered by years.’’
Many thanks to Princeton Architectural Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.