Lily and the Wooden Bowl by Alan Schroeder

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Long ago in Japan, Lily promises her dying grandmother that she will never remove the lacquered bowl the old woman placed on her head to protect her from those who would take advantage of her beauty. But Lily faces a life of hardship as a servant to a wealthy farmer whose hateful wife is determined to be rid of her. When their son falls in love with Lily, she must perform an impossible task to find her happiness, in this dramatic adaptation of a Japanese folktale.
 

About Alan Schroeder

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ALAN SCHROEDER is the author of several acclaimed picture books that capture the early lives of notable African Americans. His work has earned ALA Notables and has been honored among TIME magazine's Best Children's Books of the Year. Schroeder lives in Alameda, California. Yoriko Ito, born in Mie Prefecture, Japan, provided the artwork for Lily and the Wooden Bowl by Alan Schroeder, which was named a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award Honor Book celebrating Ms. Ito's debut work in children's book illustration, and Jojofu by Michael P. Waite, winner of the Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award, presented by Bank Street College of Education. Her work has appeared in the New York Society of Illustrators annual exhibitions. She lives in Palo Alto, California.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers. 1 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences.

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On her deathbed, Lily's grandmother extracts from her a pretty wild vow: to wear a lacquered bowl upon her head to protect her innocence from all men.

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Kumaso, a wealthy farmer's son, falls in love with Lily despite her odd headgear, but his wicked mother, Matsu, forbids their marriage unless Lily can make rice for 100 guests from one grain of rice.

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Schroeder's quietly expressive language and Ito's polished homage to Japanese motifs [create] a shower of visual and verbal pleasures, said PW. Ages 6-10. (Apr.)

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