I probalby wouldn’t have classified this as a Maine book because it takes place mainly in Japan, but I was VERY short on books about Maine.
But, it does do a comparison of Japan and Maine, and it’s an incredibly cute story. CRAZY CUTE!
The Wakame Gatherers is a story about a girl from two cultures. One of her parents is from Japan and one is from the United States. She spends time with both grandmothers.
This particular time, the grandmother from Maine is visiting Japan and learning about how to harvest seaweed and the many different types and how it is used.
And there was my tie in……
In the book they compare different ways sea weed is used in the two countries. The main thing my kids remember. Sea weed is used in Miso soup and in ice cream.
After reading everyone drew/wrote 4 different ways sea weed is used by people. Then they colored their favorite ways with their favorite color. The boys expanded on this to also color their least favorite way with their least favorite color…… Hence the purple/pink monstrosity up above.
Most common favorite thing: ice cream.
There wasn’t a common least favorite. My boys were all in favor of miso soup, another kid loved sushi. It was a fun discussion.
PRINTABLE: HOW WE USE SEA WEED
MaryAnne K says
This book sounds neat. Isn't “Blueberries for Sal” set in Maine? A little young for your kids, maybe, but I bet they would still love it. Robert McCloskey also wrote “One Morning in Maine”, and I think he has a couple other Maine books as well.
It is, but our library had both copies checked out when I went to get it. I was so sad because it's such a cute story.
At first I thought Princess fell asleep.
Uses for seaweed are seldom thought about, I am betting. I would have found it hard to come up with 4 things!
The Diaries of a Wimpy Mom says
Love it! I'd love to check that book out. Your blog is super cool, I just found it today. I am a mommy too although your blog is more crafty. I'm not so good at that stuff. But check it out! I just started it last week.