01 February 2009

The Sea Maidens of Japan - Bell

What a great story that portrays history and emotion all in one. Dating back hundreds of years the ama dive without any breathing devices into the ocean dark for sea life. They smear white cream on their faces to help protect from the water. This story follows one girl in her quest to become on of these brave women. Would she chicken out like her sisters and move to the city for jobs? She didn't want to disappoint her mother. With the bravery she sees in a turtle she saved years ago she determines she can follow this generational occupation.

I really liked this book, great illustrations, and you really see this girls emotional struggle as she faces her fears. I learned a lot reading it because I didn't know anyone did anything like this.