When the Sakura Bloom by Nariso Togo sheds light on the cultural significance of cherry blossom season in Japan, and an insight into the unique mindset of its people. Through subtle text and gentle imagery readers will see the importance of slowing down to appreciate the moment.
When the Sakura Bloom is an understated illustration of the importance of celebrating the fleeting, delicate beauty of nature.
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"In this beautifully illustrated book, the Sakura trees bloom amid the rush of urban life. Through evocative text and a palette reflecting the blooms themselves, Togo introduces readers to concepts particularly valued in Japanese culture: mindfulness and observing the fleeting and fragile beauty of nature."
School Library Journal
"An understated ode to an iconic Japanese cultural celebration, mindfulness, and the restorative power of the seasons." Kirkus Reviews
Onomatopoeic in its telling and burbling with touches of nature, this is a perfect picture book articulation of spring’s triumphant return."
"This beautiful picture book helps us to understand how significant the Cherry Blossom Festival is...Turn the pages of this book slowly and understand how lovely the trees are and what they mean to the Japanese culture." 5 Stars
Good Reading Magazine
"Like the Sakura blossoms themselves, this book is a work of beauty and reflection." Joy Lawn
"This is a beautiful timeless tale that while distinctly Japanese, is universal in its relatability and message. At heart, it is about accepting that while busy lives don't allow us to be mindful in every moment, nature's constant and predictable patterns give us the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect and rejuvenate. There is also a lovely metaphor of the fleeting nature of the cherry blossoms (there one minute and gone the next) and of life itself. This could be used with many age groups on many levels and with a wide variety of focus areas."
"The text of this beautiful books shows the slowing down needed to appreciate the cherry blossom, its fragility a metaphor for life itself, importuning the audience to make the most of the moment"
"This story is a reminder that no matter where we live there is a season and a time when our trees flower and we should pause to enjoy them. It celebrates the beauty in nature that speaks to all of us. It shows the importance of slowing down, looking around, and appreciating the moment...A thoughtful picture book to share with young children."
"A beautiful aspect of nature and culture for both the home and the classroom, with the important reminder of the transient nature of seasons, and why every moment should be enjoyed."