Vroman’s Special Storytime featuring Sonoko Sakai presents Mai and the Missing Melon

Author Sonoko Sakai event details for November 25 at 11am

This charming story invites the reader on a journey through rural 1960s Japan following a little girl named Mai on the Enoden train, past the oceanside populated with fishers, and to the classic shrine-like home of her grandmother, or obachama.

Loosely based on an event in Sonoko's childhood, Mai wishes to share the gift of a sweet muskmelon with her grandmother but loses it on the train along the way. Obachama shares the Japanese folktale of The Stone Buddhas as an example of the power of good intentions to cheer Mai up.

After the story, Mai hears from the train station master that the melon has been found, and she and her obachama are able to enjoy the sweet muskmelon together.
This sweet story explores the cherished relationship between a young girl and her grandmother-two great friends despite the age gap-while the expressive art takes the reader through the Japanese countryside, past the sea, bamboo forests, and temples, drawn from the author's own childhood memories. (Bala Kids)


Event date: 
Saturday, November 25, 2023 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
Mai and the Missing Melon By Sonoko Sakai, Keiko Brodeur (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sonoko Sakai, Keiko Brodeur (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781645471240
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bala Kids - October 24th, 2023
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