Books by Chris K. Soentpiet

SO FAR FROM THE SEA by Eve Bunting
Released: April 20, 1998

"Together, text and illustrations create and sustain a mood of reflection and reminiscence suited to the topic. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Political history becomes personal narrative in this evocative story about a family's connection to Manzanar, one of the WW II camps where Japanese-Americans were interned. Read full book review >
A SIGN by George Ella Lyon
Released: March 1, 1998

"Those who love Lyon's books will have a too-brief glimpse of her childhood; those seeking a lesson about finding one's purpose will find that and nothing more. (Picture book/memoir. 5-9)"
Lyon (Counting on the Woods, p. 115, etc.) writes of all the things she wanted to do or to be when she was a child, attempting to bring those youthful ambitions together to account for the career she ultimately chose. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"In expressive watercolors, Soentpiet provides an accurate look at Korean culture of the 1950s as well as Sumi's contemporary setting. (pronunciation guide) (Fiction 7-10)"
A lovely combination picture book/chapter book based, according to the author's note, on family memories about the trauma of leaving a beloved home for fear of an invading army; in this case, there is the added tragedy of civil war, with brother fighting brother as South Korea and the Communist North battle over Seoul. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Regardless, this is an immensely satisfying, accomplished work, resonating first with longing and then with joy. (Picture book. 5- 8)"
An inspiring story of young boy's compelling desire to read. Read full book review >
AROUND TOWN by Chris K. Soentpiet
Released: March 1, 1994

"A fine debut; an illustrator to watch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Not every library will need this pictorial survey of New York City's simpler outdoor delights—an open hydrant on a summer day, street performers and vendors, chess in the park, feeding the pigeons—but it's worth noting that this new Korean-born illustrator is a promising student of mentor Ted Lewin's style (he thanks both Ted and Betsy Lewin for their guidance). Read full book review >