This version of HANA'S YEAR does not include the illustrations. The text itself carries the story completely...no pictures necessary for the serious young reader. This is a high level reading experience, and the quick turning pages keep the story moving.
If the luminous illustrations are better for your needs, then please click on HANA'S YEAR in the Fully Illustrated Version.
HANA'S YEAR will present valuable techniques for resisting peer pressure and encourage young readers to take responsibility for their own actions.
RESISTING PEER PRESSURE
In a timeless corner of Japan, a monkey learns to accept responsibility for her actions.
Hana is one year old-old enough to get into plenty of trouble. Especially when she falls under the bad influence of the mischief-maker Tampopo, whose favorite words are "Follow me!"
Hana follows this rascally leader and her band of little monkeys into one misadventure after another. But when Tampopo leads Hana to betray her new friend, the boy Kenji, Hana decides that she had better learn to rely on her own judgment-even if it means being alone.
Author Carol Talley carefully studied Japan, the country of her friend, Itoko Maeno, learning about its remarkable macaque monkeys and its rice fields and rustic farmhouses. She has depicted in brilliant prose the peaceful valley where Kenji and his grandmother live and create traditional indigo-dyed kimono cloth and the wild mountainside where Hana plays and learns.
Carol's charming and sensitive story begins on this mountainside among the hopeful cherry blossoms of spring and moves through the rambunctious days of summer's bounty and the wistful loneliness of autumn. It ends in the glistening snow with Hana's triumph, when it is her turn to say "Follow me!"
As Hana's seasons unfold, young people learn a valuable lesson about resisting peer pressure and taking responsibility for their own actions. They learn with Hana that everyone makes mistakes and even a monkey may sometimes fall from a tree, but a wise little monkey learns when to say "No!"
A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about Japanese Folk Textiles on such topics as weaving, hemp spinning, dyeing, stenciling, indigo dye and kimono making. This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in colorful descriptions of Japanese culture and daily life.
A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with the young reader about the message of the story - resisting peer pressure. So even though on the surface, this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.
MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION
If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…
If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…
If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…
Then this is the eBook for your children ages 6-9.
Read WITH your children and grandchildren, discuss the concept and message…
and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.