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Sakura's Cherry Blossoms    by Robert Paul Weston & Misa Saburi order for
Sakura's Cherry Blossoms
by Robert Paul Weston
Order:  USA  Can
Tundra, 2018 (2018)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Sakura (whose name means 'cherry blossom') was born in Japan, and was sad to leave her Obaachan (grandmother) there when her family moved to America. She had especially loved sitting outside together under the tall cherry tree on a warm spring day, eating from bento boxes and sharing stories.

In America, Sakura was lonely, missing these happy picnics with her Obaachan. Then she befriended Luke next door, who introduced her to stargazing. His friendship helped, until Obaachan became very ill and Sakura and her mother returned briefly to Japan.

Back in America, she was very sad, but Luke promised a spring surprise for Sakura - can you guess what it was? At the back of the book, the author explains how he wrote this touching story as tanka poems, encouraging young readers to write their own.

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