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Haiku by Issa
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
2007, 31 pages, Hardback.
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a kite carried by a spring breeze

a starry summer night

a warm blanket on a cool autumn day

winter's first snowfall

Small moments like these are beautifully celebrated in this collection of small poems-haiku-by the beloved haiku master Issa. Selected and arranged by gifted illustrator G. Brian Karas to tell of an ordinary, extraordinary year in the life of one family, these haiku bring to light the preciousness of this moment, and the wonder of today. Poem by poem, the cycle of this family's life together unfolds with moments of simple joy and difficult loss-moments that connect us all.

Award-winning artist G. Brian Karas has combined traditional materials-rice paper, wood plank, pencil, and paint-in untraditional ways, capturing with subtlety the profound effect of Issa's seemingly simple haiku. The inspired result is a treasure to share and ponder, as it opens our hearts to the unique wonders of today and all the todays to come.

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Background on the Author and Illustrator

Issa is one of the most beloved Japanese poets of haiku. Born in 1763, he knew much difficulty and loss during his sixty-five years. Yet he found meaning and joy in the small moments of everyday life, and his haiku express both happiness and sorrow with deep feeling. The illustrator drew from several different translations of Issa's work in selecting haiku for this collection.

G. Brian Karas is particularly inspired by the haiku of Issa. "It is Issa's deep compassion for all beings, and his ability to speak directly from his heart, that bring me back to his haiku again and again." Mr. Karas's many highly praised books include Atlantic and On Earth, which he wrote and illustrated, and Are You Going to Be Good?, by Cari Best, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. He makes his home in Milan, New York.

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