Kogi's Mysterious Journey by Elizabeth Partridge

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Kogi longs to capture the spirit of nature in his art. He draws majestic mountains, trees, waterfalls, and Lake Biwa's glimmering fish, but his paintings are always lifeless and dull-until one supernatural morning when he wades into the cool, deep, shimmering water and becomes a golden fish. There he learns firsthand the freedom within the silence that pulsates in all of life. When hunger drives him to risk the fisherman's baited hook, another miraculous transformation forces Kogi back to his life as a painter, but a painter now forever changed. Elizabeth Partridge's elegant prose and Aki Sogabe's cut-paper illustrations bring clean lines and lush color to this mysterious tale of discovery.

Adapted by Elizabeth Partridge.
Illustrated by Aki Sogabe
 

About Elizabeth Partridge

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Elizabeth Partridge is a National Book Award finalist and the author of several nonfiction books for children, including Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange; This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie; and the Printz Honor-winning John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
 
Published October 13, 2003 by Dutton Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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In sprayed paper cuts often reminiscent of David Wisniewski’s serrated constructs, fish, waves, and beams of moonlight sweep across the pages as Sogabe captures the inner intensity of Kogi’s experience—not only the thrill and power of freedom, but terror too, as he is helplessly caught by a fishe...

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Partridge tells the story of how, at each full moon, the people who live near Japan's Lake Biwa gather to hear the story of Kogi the artist, who tries again and again to paint fish: "But no matter how hard he tried, something was always missing."

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