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Satoshi's Wish

By: Marie W. Conway

Date Posted: 1998-08-14

Have you ever wondered why some of your wishes don't come true? In Japan, cranes are deemed to bring good fortune and are symbols of peace and longevity. And, according to a Japanese legend, you must make 1,000 paper cranes, make your wish and then thread them together 100 per string.

Satoshi's Wish and the Legend of the Thousand Cranes, written by Jennifer Dasmalchi and illustrated by Rumi Miura, was based on this legend and real-life circumstances. The book is dedicated to Jennifer's grandfather who was sick at the time and inspired the story of Satoshi's grandfather. When I asked her why this book is different from other children's books she replied, "This book is a momento of Okinawan art and Japanese tradition, so people can take this book back with them to the States and always remember Okinawa."

The illustrations and story lines are attractive to both children and adults, mainly due to the variety of lessons contained within. The colorfully drawn cranes will fly off the pages and into your heart.

Christine Amos, a fan of the book, cooed that she's going to buy at least 100

copies to send to her friends and family. She loved the story because she thinks there's a good lesson to be learned since "...children nowadays expect immediate gratification, but Satoshi's Wish teaches children that if they are patient and work hard they'll see better results."

Dasmalchi will do a book signing at Camp Foster's Bookmark this Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m.. This sweetly told story may be purchased at the Bookmark for only $13.95. The book also contains a Japanese translation and is currently being used for lessons at an Okinawan high school.

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