Books by Felicia Hoshino

JUNA'S JAR by Jane Bahk
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"While a little logically shaky, this fills a need for those children who find themselves adrift when their closest friends seemingly disappear. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A seemingly ordinary kimchi jar is anything but in this gentle tale of old friends and new. Read full book review >
SORA AND THE CLOUD by Felicia Hoshino
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"An airy flight of imagination, bi-cultural as well as bilingual. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A cloud carries a delighted lad over a city and an amusement park, past kites and fireworks, then on to dreams. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Spring comes after winter, and flowers bloom again. Peace comes after war." Her father's philosophy is young Mari's hope as she plants a handful of sunflower seeds in the sun-parched, barbed-wire-bound yard of the WWII internment camp at Topaz, Utah. Like thousands of other innocent American citizens, Mari and her family have been forced to leave their home to live in a relocation center; they are determined to preserve their self-respect and some semblance of a normal life. Patience and persistence let Mari find comfort in drawing; drawing lets her find questions and the courage to ask them. With time and care, Mari also finds that her sunflowers have sprouted, despite difficult, drought-blighted beginnings. This gentle metaphor, presented in English and Japanese, germinates from the real-life experiences of the author's family. Hoshino's watercolor-and-mixed-media illustrations are golden, topaz-touched; their palette and composition hint of the classic nursery rhyme art of Jessie Wilcox Smith and others, aptly evoking the era they depict. A satisfying introduction and backmatter, including personal notes from the author and artist, acknowledgments and translation credits, make this a richly informative introduction to a subject little-addressed in works for children. (Picture book. 5-10)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2006

A charming story based on a little-known encounter in which a Cambodian dancer met a famous French painter. Little Sap, a court dancer, travels to Paris with her troupe to perform in the 1906 Colonial Exhibition. She meets Auguste Rodin, who is impressed by the classical beauty of the Cambodian dance that dates back to the Golden Age of the Khmer empire, and he is drawn to sketch Little Sap. "His eyes sparkled when she danced as if he were seeing something magical." It is these sketches, Danseuse Cambodgienne, that were received with acclaim in 1907. The inspirational effect Little Sap and other Cambodian dancers had on Rodin is clearly stated in his own words: "When they left, everything went cold and dark. I thought that they had taken the beauty of the world with them. . . . " Mixed-media illustrations with deep aquamarine blue and burnished reds illuminate the lyrical text that begins with Little Sap's selection and training: "The poses became dances, and the dances told stories." Lovely. (sources, foreword, author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)Read full book review >