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Waiting for Mama

Waiting for Mama
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Price: $16.95
Product ID : cb-0735821437



Bilingual: Korean and English

Told in a few lines of text, this tender story was first published in a newspaper in 1938. This tale from Korea is universal—a small child waits for Mama at the station, asking the conductor if he has seen her. The conductor hasn't, but cautions the child to wait a little farther from the tracks. It is cold and snowy but the child waits patiently until finally Mama comes. In the last wordless spread, we see the small hand in a mother's firm clasp as they walk away from us.

The art and text are so authentic, so real, that this book is best published in a bilingual edition that respects and honors those traditions.

The Korean setting gives it special appeal to a growing demographic segment. The institutional market is especially hungry for bilingual books in languages beyond Spanish.

By Tae-Joon Lee
Illustrated by Dong-Sung Kim

8-1/4 x 9-3/4 in; 32 pp ; full-color art, ages 3 and up
Published in August, 2007
ISBN 0735821437
ISBN13 9780735821439

The author of this story, Tae-Joon Lee, was born in 1904. He was just 21 years old when he published his first work, and worked as an author until his death in North Korea in 1956. Today, he is still one of Korea's most beloved authors, in both North and South Korea.

The illustrator Dong-Sung Kim, was born in 1970, but in working on this book, he drew people in clothing they might have worn in 1938. Waiting for Mama is his first book for North-South Books.