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The Travels of Basho
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Grass Sandals
The Travels of Basho

By Dawnine Spivak
Illustrated by Demi
2009 (Paperback Edition), 28 pages, Paperback.

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Grass Sandals is the story of Basho-one of the best loved poets in the history of Japan-and his journeys on foot around his homeland.

It is a story of simplicity and observation one that gives glimpses of the ancient culture of Japan, as well as a sense of what it is to be a poet, as the people and experiences that Basho enjoys find their way into his haiku. Basho's sensitivity to the shapes and forms of nature is celebrated in these haiku as well as in the characters of the Japanese language which also accompany the text.

Children will be charmed by Basho's walking journey, his tenderness and scant belongings, and his attention to the small details of life.

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Background on Dawnine Spivak and Demi

Dawnine Spivak is living and writing in Vermont. She lives in rented farmhouses where old maples line the dirt road, near violet mountains where cold and poverty protect the beauty of the land. She has taught the Japanese novel and poetry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Presently Dawnine teaches literature at Sterling College and was a recent member of the Vermont Anti-Hunger Corps.

Demi is the award-winning creator of numerous books for children, including The Empty Pot, Buddha, The Dalai Lama, The Legend of Saint Nicholas, Gandhi, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, and Muhammad, which was named a Kirkus Editors' Choice selection, a Booklist Editors' Choice selection, one of the Booklist Top Ten Religion Books for Youth, and a Book Links "Lasting Connections" selection, and was cited in a Publishers Weekly starred review as a "timely, exceptionally handsome biography [that] serves as an excellent introduction to Islam." Demi lives in Carnation, Washington.

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