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PEACH HEAVEN by Yangsook Choi


by Yangsook Choi & illustrated by Yangsook Choi

Age Range: 7 - 8

Pub Date: May 6th, 2005
ISBN: 0-374-35761-7
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Yangsook believes that peach orchards in her part of Korea are the best part of Puchon, because a peach garden is a piece of heaven. But when a horrific hailstorm plucks the entire peach crop and miraculously rains them down into the neighborhood, just as it did in August 1976, how is it that these delicate, delicious morsels are unharmed, and what is to be done with them? A surprised town, knee-deep in flood waters, is relishing the mouth-watering peaches, but have not yet asked the next question, as they are busy rescuing the bobbing fruits. It is little Yangsook, empowered by her love of peaches and community who honors her beliefs by enlightening her neighbors as to what should be done. Yangsook’s vision of peace and harmony mirrors Choi’s personal experiences, and her thoughtful main character embodies the same pensive tone found in the soft brownish-greenish peachy palate, making the whole experience one tasty bite. (Picture book. 7-8)