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Japanese Traditions

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Setsu Broderick grew up in a small country village in Western Japan in the 1950s and attended art college in Japan. She has worked as a designer and illustrator in Los Angeles for over 20 years, and has previously illustrated six books, including Cat Blessings, Cats Rule!, Dog Blessings, Dogs Rule! and The Little Book of All Things Cat. Setsu's humorous illustrations, designs, and artwork are exhibited throughout the world. Max, her desk-chewing cockatoo, is her most vocal art critic. Setsu frequently returns to Japan to visit her Mom cat and brother and sister kittens and their families. Willamarie Moore is currently the Head of School Programs and Resources at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She previously worked as the Manager of East Asian Programs at the Boston Children's Museum, where she was also the lead content developer for the award winning exhibition Five Friends From Japan: Children in Japan Today. She has developed many educational materials about Japan, China, and other countries and is currently working on a new children's book, tentatively titled All About Japan, for Tuttle. Willamarie lived, studied and worked in Japan for several years and returns as often as she can.


"Japanese Traditions is exactly the kind of book worth curling up with in a warm place with your child. It's a friendly, nostalgic look at the country, filled with the bustling details of the everyday life of Japanese families in the countryside as they experience it twelve months of the year." --Paper Tigers "there's a LOT of information contained within the pages of this beautiful hard-cover book. Japanese Traditions is a wonderful resource for any home or school to have. It will teach children about traditions they may not know, and the illustrations are so rich in additional information this book could be used to start conversations between children and/or children and adults to learn more about each other if one is from Japan." "Told via a series of short text blocks and lighthearted illustrations based on cats, Japanese Traditions displays seasonal festivals and activities such as O-Bon (Festival of the Souls), O-hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and preparing for the New Year." --Starts at Eight blog "Setsu Broderick's book Japanese Traditions: Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and Matsuri is another one that I would recommend. As may be expected, it focuses on various customs, including those that involve cherry blossoms." --Killeen Gonzalez, Yahoo! Voices "Japanese Traditions is completely charming. Children, parents, and teachers will enjoy perusing the playful illustrations and learning about traditional Japanese culture." --Leslie Swartz, Senior VP, Boston Children's Museum and co-author of Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats "But the real value of this book is the masterful way it combines loads of vocabulary words and customs with the tenderness of the author's memories and the hilarious and busy drawings, making it a treat for both younger and older kids. And for anyone who wonders how life in Japan used to be when people lived closer to the earth, the seasons and each other, this is a sweet, fun, entertaining primer." --The Japan Times "While the text includes factual information about customs, food, games, festivals, and other cultural topics, the narrative is conversational. Soft, appealing cartoon illustrations of the cuddly, expressive cats dressed in traditional Japanese clothing are full of detail and humor." --School Library Journal

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