Sakamoto's Swim Club

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有華裔血統的Chris Sasaki自Peter Son揭露迪士尼小鹿斑比幕後原創畫家Tyrus Wong(黄齐耀)的故事後,再一次被邀約插畫一個夏威夷的日裔科學老師的故事。讓讀者能夠再度感受這種帶點衝讀的西式東方美。Chris Sasaki已經是迪士尼Monster Inc, Monster U的動畫首席,能夠看到他願意再度提筆繪製兒童繪本,你怎麼可能想要錯過?



The inspirational and little-known story of a dedicated teacher who coached Hawaiian swimmers all the way to the Olympics, beautifully told in simple rhyme.

When the children of workers on a 1930s Maui sugar plantation were chased away from playing in the nearby irrigation ditches, local science teacher Soichi Sakamoto had an idea. He offered to take responsibility for the children – and then he began training them how to swim. Using his science background, Sakamoto devised his own innovative coaching techniques: he developed a strict practice regime for the kids, building their strength and endurance by using the ditch water’s natural current. The children worked hard under the dedicated Sakamoto’s guidance, and their skills improved. They formed a swim club and began to dominate in swimming events around the world. And then one day, the proud Sakamoto saw an impossible dream come true – Olympic gold!

In a unique approach that makes for a moving read-aloud, Julie Abery uses limited rhyming text to tell the little-known story of Coach Sakamoto and the Three-Year Swim Club. The stunning art of award-winning and highly acclaimed Chris Sasaki perfectly complements the lyrical storytelling. This inspiring picture book offers excellent lessons in perseverance, believing in yourself and not letting others define you, while wonderfully capturing how one person can make a huge difference in the lives of others. In highlighting the team’s “bright and loud” presence at events, with their Hawaiian dress and ukulele, it also encourages children to take pride in their heritage and view it as a strength. An author’s note with photos and more information tell the fuller story of Soichi Sakamoto and his Three-Year Swim Club.


精裝; 40頁

商品尺寸(cm):25.3 x 21.59 x 0.8