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Sora and the Cloud

By Felicia Hoshino

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-027-5, 10 x 8

"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." - Kirkus Reviews

"Hoshino's ink-and-watercolor spreads both provide historical information and convey the story's emotional weight-and do both with grace." -Publishers Weekly

San Francisco, California- September 15, 2011
Immedium announces the publication of Sora and the Cloud by Felicia Hoshino. A noted children's artist, Hoshino authors her first picture book, inspired by her own experiences as a mother to her son Sora: a growing boy enjoys the ultimate daydream - to soar like a cloud!

Once a baby, now Sora is a boy who explores the world around him. First crawling and then walking, Sora soon learns to how to climb a tree. Up there a friendly cloud awaits! Hopping aboard, Sora embarks on a fantastic trip.

Curious birds, squealing kites and whispering fireworks whirl by as Sora and the Cloud share a breathtaking adventure in the sky. Along the way the Sora connects his past experiences with the present, which poignantly underscore how joyful memories of childhood and parenthood bind a family together.

This wonderful flight of fancy is created in Hoshino's hallmark style: a unique combination of mixed media creates ethereal environments with subtle shading, and contemplative characters who invoke the innocence of youth.

Empowering themes of self-discovery, familial awareness, and cultural exchange, with colorfully expressive illustrations will prove popular with early elementary readers and teachers. Sora and the Cloud also includes a bilingual Japanese translation which highlights how Hoshino shares her heritage with her children and readers.

Previously Hoshino illustrated the award-winning storybook A Place Where Sunflowers Grow (Children's Book Press, 2006):
  • 2007 Jane Addams Children's Book Award - Jane Addams Peace Award
  • 2007 International Reading Association Children's Book Award Notable
  • 2007 Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2007 ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist
  • Bloomsbury Reviews Favorite Reads of 2006
  • San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Season Pick 2006
  • 2006 selection, Society of Illustrators 26th Annual Exhibition of "The Original Art"

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    About Immedium

    Immedium, Inc. inspires a world of imagination, and creates entertaining books that have multi-dimensional appeal. Based in San Francisco, CA, Immedium sits on the Pacific Rim, a vibrant intersection for crossover cultural trends from Asia and America. Embracing an increasingly diverse and "multimedia" world, Immedium publishes titles ranging from eye-catching children's books and contemporary non-fiction to commentaries on art and popular culture. Visit us at www.immedium.com.

  • About the Author

    Bo Felicia Hoshino draws for Cricket, Cicada, and Ladybug magazines. Previously she illustrated the storybook Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin (Lee & Low Books, 2006), which was named a Children's Books of the Year by the Bank Street College Children's Book Committee, and Finding the Golden Ruler (little Simon), and My Dog Teny (Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 2010). Learn more at www.felishino.com.

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    Reviews of A Place Where Sunflowers Grow

    "…beautiful, haunting depictions of life in an internment camp as seen by a child, and a narrative that is both simple and profound. A must in every school and library in the country." -Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, author of Farewell to Manzanar

    "In this touching story, young Mari is the embodiment of all Japanese Americans who were wrongly and unconstitutionally interned during World War II. She transcends her hardships and, most importantly, teaches all of us important lessons about our shared humanity and dignity." -Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator

    "Preservation of our history is the preservation of our democracy and a reminder of who we are as Americans. In a time of uncertainty, Amy Lee-Tai shines a light on what we are capable of perpetrating on our fellow citizens, and what we are capable of rising above."-Mike Honda, United States Congressman

    "Inspired by the paintings of the author's artist grandmother, Hisako Hibi, on whose experience this story is based, Hoshino's delicate artwork evokes the fragility of the family's desert life and of continued hope." -Journal of Children's Literature