Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Japanese provincial governors had to travel between the cities of Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo). This 300+ mile journey on the historic Tokaido Road required the presence of one to three thousand attendants (carriers). Yuki's father has been called to Edo and she, along with her mother and pet dog, must accompany him in this royal procession. Yuki does not want to go. She will miss her home and her teacher. But she must not be disrespectful so Yuki captures her thoughts in haiku, a Japanese form of poetry. Once outside the gate How will I find my way back? Will home disappear? Inspired by the woodcuts of Japanese printmaker, Hiroshige, award-winning author Gloria Whelan brings a cultural event to life through the observant eyes and thoughtful verses of a young Japanese girl. Gloria Whelan's many award-winning books include Homeless Bird for which she received the National Book Award. Her work with Sleeping Bear Press includes Yatandou and Mackinac Bridge: The Five-Mile Poem (a 2007 Michigan Notable Book). Ms. Whelan lives in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Yan Nascimbene studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the University of California at Davis. His work has appeared in numerous publications including TIME. He has illustrated over 50 books, including Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog. Yan twice received the Society of Illustrators' Silver Medal and many other awards.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level
Dewey FIC
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585363520), PDF (9781627531665), Hosted ebook (9781627534086)
Copyright 2008, 2014
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Illustrator wins Society of Illustrators Gold Medal in the Book category, Winner
  • IRA Teachers' Choices List/Intermediate Category, Short-listed, 2009
  • Central Michigan University Children's Books Dean's List, Short-listed, 2008

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Author: Gloria Whelan

Gloria Whelan is a poet and the award-winning author of many children's books including Homeless Bird, for which she received the National Book Award. The Listeners is her third title in the Tales of Young Americans series. Her other picture books with Sleeping Bear Press include Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers (2008 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner); Yatandou (a Junior Library Guild selection); and Friend on Freedom River (a Jefferson Cup honor book). Ms. Whelan lives near Lake St. Clair in Michigan where you can often find her out walking.

Illustrator: Yan Nascimbene

Half-French and half-Italian, Yan Nascimbene spent his childhood and adolescence between Paris, Turin, and the south of France before moving to the United States where, as an art student, he met his wife Joan, a painter, writer and ceramist. Yan has drawn over 300 book covers and 40 fully illustrated books, some of which he wrote. His previous children's books include Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog and Castle of Books.Widely exhibited in France, Italy, the United States and Japan, Yan was awarded the Society of Illustrators' Silver Medal twice and the Bologna International Book-fair Graphic Award three times.

Full-color illustrations