SATO THE RABBIT, A SEA OF TEA

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Sato, a light-skinned child dressed in a white rabbit suit, transforms an ordinary teatime into a series of whimsical adventures involving a raspberry room, a kite catching a slice of sky, a spoon that becomes a waterfall and collects golden stars, and more. Each story is a tiny journey into Sato’s vast imagination. The tales appear to take place across a calendar year, depicting the seasons in all their natural splendor. Though at times embodying Lewis Carroll’s absurdity, Ainoya’s stories also evoke the quiet pleasure of Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad series. Alternating vignettes and full-page illustrations immerse the reader in each boldly illustrated scene, with a lush, eye-catching palette that deserves repeat viewings to observe varying textures and lines in the artwork. Perhaps at times illogical for adults, Sato’s adventures will resonate with young readers who imagine their rooms and backyards to be brand-new worlds filled with fantastical elements. These readers will find a kindred spirit in Sato. And the digestible stories are the perfect length for bedtime. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

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