Shibumi and the Kitemaker by Mercer Mayer

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After seeing the disparity between the conditions of her father's palace and the city beyond its walls, the Emperor's daughter has the royal kitemaker build a huge kite to take her away from it all.

About Mercer Mayer

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Mercer Mayer was born December 30, 1943 in Little Rock Arkansas. While attending school at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Mayer decided to enter the field of children's book illustration. He created a portfolio of sketches and peddled them wherever he could. He moved to New York City in 1964, pursuing further instruction at the Art Students League of New York, where he met an artist named Marianna who became his first wife. He soon created a new portofolio and with these new sketches persuaded editors at Dial Press and Harper & Row to give him some illustration work. Mayer published his first book, A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog, at Dial Press in 1967. It was notable for being a completely wordless picture book one that tells its story entirely through the use of pictures. Mayer was one of the first illustrators to be credited for using this format. Five more books in this series were to follow. Mayer joined Golden Publishing, creators of Little Golden Books, in 1976. Through them he has sold his "Little Critter" and "Little Monster" series, which are popular with beginning readers. His title Just Me and My Dad made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.
Published September 1, 1999 by Cavendish Square Publishing. 48 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tying herself to an enormous kite fashioned for her by the royal kite-maker, she takes flight, telling her father that she will not come down until the city below ""is as beautiful as the palace, or the palace is as squalid as the city."" Wealthy noblemen who wish to preserve the status quo mount...

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Determined to change things, the young girl enlists the help of the royal kite maker, who builds a kite (actually a kind of Japanese hang-glider) large enough to lift her into the air.

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