Miyuki is eager to welcome spring and to see her flower bloom. While her grandfather counsels patience, Miyuki is so impatient that she cannot do this. The story unfolds as Miyuki goes on a journey searching for water and learns that things happen in the time that is meant for them.
This is the second collaboration by the author and illustrator. As in the first book, Time for Bed, Miyuki, the text and illustrations complement each other well. As can be seen from the book cover the reader looks at peaceful, gorgeous, imaginative scenes.
I hope that I will get to spend more time with Miyuki, her grandfather and her world in the future. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this lyrical volume. All opinions are my own.
“Galliez’s lively, descriptive text pairs nicely with Ratanavanh’s bright, graphic illustrations that feature bold floral patterns in red, yellow, and green as well as iconic Japanese objects such as the swan. Throughout, natural elements such as flowers, rushing water, insects, birds, and more appear prominently both in the foreground and the background, and Ratanavanh plays a bit with perspective as well-sometimes Miyuki appears quite small next to a giant frog and a big white rabbit. Eager young readers will find a kindred spirit in eager Miyuki.”
– Kirkus Reviews
STARRED REVIEW “Bursting with enthusiasm at the first signs of spring, Miyuki ignores her grandfather’s reminders to be patient and wanders far from home in search of the purest water to entice a promising bud to blossom. The book’s springtime scenes, lucky cats, and colorful yukata in origami paper patterns pay cheerful tribute to traditional Japanese style and customs. It’s destined to be a modern classic.”
– Foreword Reviews