Eleven years after her kidlit debut with Suki's Kimono (Kids Can, 2003), illustrated by Stephane Jorisch, Chieri Uegaki has again reflected Japanese culture with Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin (Kids Can $18.95), inspired by her two late grandfathers. One was a gifted violinist; the other was a gifter of fireflies. Even though she's had only three lessons, Hana signs up to play the violin at a talent show. Her brothers laugh at her and predict her failure. She perseveres, inspired by the grandfather in Japan who played the violin daily when she visited him once. A graduate of UBC's Creative Writing Department, Uegaki lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and two vocally gifted dogs.


Suki's Kimono
Rosie and Buttercup
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin (Kids Can 2014) $18.95 978-1-894786-33-1

[BCBW 2014] "Kidlit"