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My Haiku Family Trade: naomi@naomiwakan.com
Retail: naomi@naomiwakan.com
52p, PB
by Naomi Beth Wakan 978-0-9782868-6-6
Bevalia Press, Toronto 2009 Cdn $12.00
Level : Children of all ages

Out of Print

"(My Haiku Family) is a great book for children of all ages. It is amazing how only a few words can tell so much." So says Michelle Hatfield of Gabriola Elementary School about this book which tells of a young girl, entranced after a lesson on haiku, who decides to tell the whole world about her family, using the haiku form.

"On an island studded with hidden gems, Naomi's wit and eye for the off-kilter rank her as one of our most precious assets."
Kathy Ramsey, Gabriola Artworks, Folklife Village

Haiku Family
Haiku - one Breath Poetry Trade & Retail: 72p, PB
by Naomi Wakan Schools: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 0-89346-846-0
Heian International Cdn $19.95
Level : Intermediate

Out of Print

This book not only explains the elements of traditional Japanese haiku, it also shows ways that students can learn to write haiku for themselves. A history of the development of haiku, as well as haiku from the masters, gives useful background. The book is scattered with haiku by young people. Haiku - one breath poetry never fails to get students writing. This book is a Canadian Children's Book Centre Choice and was one of 22 titles chosen by librarians and students across America for the American Library Assoication's Popular Paper backs for Young Adults (poetry section).

"With the help of Wakan's own superb artwork, this book will surely encourage readers not only to write haiku, but to understand and appreciate it as well. Highly recommended."
Canadian Children's Literature

"Recommended without reserve"
Bookmark (BC school librarians' magazine)

Haiku one Breath Poetry
Images of Japan Retail: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 66p, Spiral Bound
by Naomi Wakan Schools: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 1-895110-58-0
Pacific Edge Publishing Cdn $9.95
Level : Intermediate

Out of Print

A wide-ranging book covering Japan's heritage from rock gardens to samurai, good luck toys to festivals. Each chapter covers a specific folk image and includes activities for writing, discussion, library research and art work. A great book to supplement Japan units.

"...should delight anyone with an interest in the legends behind folk toys and festivals."
Nikkei Bulletin

Images of Japan
Inca Facts at Your Fingertips Retail: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 13p, PB
by Elias and Naomi Wakan Schools: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 1-895110-59-9
Pacific Edge Publishing Cdn $6.95
Level : Intermediate

Out of Print

The line of Inca emperors, the Inca year, a table of relevant Inca dates (from the first Inca to the present), a map showing the organization and growth (subjugation) of Inca territory from 1438-1532, the tribes conquered and details of the Spanish conquest. A good resource for Inca, Peru and Latin America units.

Inca Scapbook
Inca Scrapbook Trade & Retail: 48p, PB
by Elias and Naomi Wakan Schools: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 0-921358-06-7
Pacific-Rim Publishers Cdn $9.95
Level : Intermediate

Out of Print

Ideal for a unit on Peru, the Incas or South America. This useful book combines social studies with instructions for activities covering many aspects of Inca life, from drop-spinning and grinding corn, to making quipu and Inca outfits, all preceded by the necessary background material. A bibliography, history and Quechua phrase sheet complete this practical approach to the Incas.

"Ideal as a resouce for teachers."
Canadian Book Review

Inca Scapbook
Japanese - an appetizer Trade & Retail: 55p, PB
by Naomi Wakan Schools: 0-921358-02-4
Pacific-Rim Publishers Cdn $19.95
Level : Intermediate and High

Out of Print

This informative book about the Japanese language offers a preliminary look at the Japanese writing systems (kanji, hiragana, katakana and romaji), as well as an introduction to the pronunciation and levels of politeness (including "women's language"). It also takes a brief look at many other aspects of Japanese, from animal sounds to counting, clothing and puns. Whether student or teacher, Japanese - an appetizer is guaranteed to whet your appetite for learning more about the language.
Cartoon illustrated.

"...and indeed, it does whet the appetite for more!...Highly recommended."
Bookmark

Japanese - an appetizer
One Day a Stranger Came Trade & Retail: 32p, HC
by Naomi Beth Wakan Schools: 1-555037-354-4
Annick Cdn $14.95
Level : Primary

Out of Print

This Canadian Children's Book Centre Choice is the story of three families and the fences that came up between them. Timely in today's world of uncertain borders and the struggle for peace between neighbours and nations. It is a child, longing for the warmth and friendliness of earlier times, who demands that the families do what is necessary to restore the joy they once had in working and playing together. This story about three farmers who are confronted by `the system' for the first time in their lives is a lesson in the world-wide search for peace. Widely used for peace studies in Primary school.

"...effective tale about the merits of people working together for the common good."
Vancouver Sun

One Day a Stranger Came
Puzzling on the Rim Trade & Retail: 72p, PB
by Naomi Wakan Schools: 0-921358-20-2
Pacific-Rim Publishers Cdn $15.95
Level : Teacher Resource

Out of Print

Whether your students are doing a Pacific-Rim unit, taking a global approach to social studies or are interested in a specific Pacifc-Rim country, these crossword puzzles not only provide informative clues but also suggest resource titles, whose study will make doing the crosswords like taking a journey. Reproducible within the classroom, and graded as to difficulty. Puzzling on the Rim is just the book to spark a student's spirit of exploration (even if it is only desk-travelling)

"This is a useful, well-designed and inexpensive Canadian publication. It should be an obvious choice for schools from sea to sea."
Canadian Materials

Puzzling on the Rim
Read Aloud Talk About Retail: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 50p, Spiral Bound
by Naomi Wakan Schools: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 1-895110-84-X
Pacific Edge Publishing Cdn $9.95
Level : K-6

Out of Print

Happy, creative children come from happy, creative homes and the example set by loving parents and teachers.  In such a caring atmosphere, these stories can help open children to the fact that kindness, patience, tolerance etc. are not just words, but make for warm homes, good learning environments and healthy communities.  Discussion questions and activities for each story.

"...effective tale about the merits of people working together for the common good."
Vancouver Sun

Read Aloud - Talk About
Reading About Japan Trade & Retail: 40p, PB
by Naomi Wakan Schools: 0-921358-17-2
Pacific-Rim Publishers Cdn $8.95
Level : Teacher Resource

Out of Print

Whether you are a librarian, a teacher doing a social studies unit on Japan, or just want some interesting titles for multicultural reading, this bibliography will be a wonderful resource for you. Each title is annotated and both the illustrations and text are reviewed. Nearly 200 books with a Japanese theme for K-12 are covered, and the grade level indicated.

"...a highly useful tool for teacher-librarians and teahcers of Japanese and multicultural studies."
Bookmark

"I strongly recommend this for teachers looking for support material for a Japan unit."
Cindy Swoveland, librarian

Reading About Japan
Storybook Notes #1:
Hurrah for `Crow Boy'
Trade & Retail: 32p, PB
by Naomi Wakan Schools: 0-921358-15-6
Pacific-Rim Publishers Cdn $5.95
Level : Teacher Guides

Out of Print

For Crow Boy by Taro Yashima (0-670249-31-9). These teacher guides will supply rich background information on each of the titles and a hoard of wonderful activities to involve the student.

"...and indeed, it does whet the appetite for more!...Highly recommended."
Bookmark

Storybook Notes #1: Hurrah For Crow Boy
Storybook Notes #2:
Looking into `Little Fingerling'
Trade & Retail: 32p, PB
by Naomi Wakan Schools: 0-921358-14-8
Pacific-Rim Publishers Cdn $5.95
Level : Teacher Guides

Out of Print

For Little Fingerling by Monica Hughes (0-921103-78-6). These teacher guides will supply rich background information on each of the titles and a hoard of wonderful activities to involve the student.

"...and indeed, it does whet the appetite for more!...Highly recommended."
Bookmark

Storybook Notes #1: Looking into `Little Fingerling'
Storybook Notes #3:
Making the Most of
`Mouse's Marriage'
Trade & Retail: 32p, PB
by Naomi Wakan Schools: 0-921358-13-X
Pacific-Rim Publishers Cdn $5.95
Level : Teacher Guides

Out of Print

For Mouse"s Marriage by Junko Morimoto (0-670810-71-1). These teacher guides will supply rich background information on each of the titles and a hoard of wonderful activities to involve the student.

"...and indeed, it does whet the appetite for more!...Highly recommended."
Bookmark

Storybook Notes #3: Making the Most of `Mouse's Marriage'
Storybook Notes #4:
Sizing Up `Some Sumo'
Trade & Retail: 32p, PB
by Naomi Wakan Schools: 0-921358-16-4
Pacific-Rim Publishers Cdn $5.95
Level : Teacher Guides

Out of Print

For Some Sumo by Mark Thurman (0-550210-08-4). These teacher guides will supply rich background information on each of the titles and a hoard of wonderful activities to involve the student.

"...and indeed, it does whet the appetite for more!...Highly recommended."
Bookmark

Storybook Notes #4: Sizing Up `Some Sumo'
Telling Tales on the Rim Trade & Retail: 96p, HC
retold by Naomi Beth Wakan Schools: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 0-921358-21-0
Pacific-Rim Publishers Cdn $10.95
Level : K-7

Out of Print

This carefully selected collection of thirty-two folk tales reflects the diversity of Pacific-Rim cultures. The tales are grouped by theme:origin myths, circular tales, tall tales etc; and each story has a brief introduction describing its background. from Australia to Peru and Mexico and Korea.  What links this diverse group of stories is that they all make wonderfully wry comments on human behaviour. Fun tales that everyone can enjoy.

"Humorous, sometimes thought-provoking and always entertaining, Telling Tales on the Rim is a winner."
Quill and Quire

Telling Tales on the Rim
Telling Tales on the Rim
Teacher's Guide
38p, Spiral Bound
by Naomi Wakan Schools: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 1-895110-56-4
Pacific Edge Publishing Cdn $9.95
Level : Teachers' Guide

Out of Print

Cross-curicular activities including writing exercises, library research, discussion oints and even a few cooking recipes all add to the understanding and enjoyment of the stories.

"...effective tale about the merits of people working together for the common good." Vancouver Sun

Telling Tales on the Rim, Teachers' guide
They Came from China Retail: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 40p, PB
by Naomi Wakan Schools: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 1-895110-69-6
Pacific Edge Publishing Cdn $9.95
Level : Elementary

Out of Print

From 500 B.C. until the 15th century AD, China's inventions in some areas were more advanced than that of any other country on Earth.  In this book you will discover the origins of inventions such as paper-making, gun powder, stirrups, kites, wheelbarrows, and the compass, inventions that changed not only the world of the Chinese, but the whole world.

"...should delight anyone with an interest in the legends behind folk toys and festivals." Nikkei Bulletin

Images of Japan
Word Challenge Retail: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 60p, Spiral Bound
by Naomi Wakan Schools: order@pacificedgepublishing.com 0-921358-17-2
Pacific Edge Publishing Cdn $10.95
Level : Grades 3-7

Out of Print

Children today are media-wise, TV has a huge impact with images, but the news, talk shows advertising and cartoons all ultimately depend on words. Word Challenge is designed to encourage young people to play with words - to toss them around, explore them, invent them and get familiar with the strength that comes with having agility with words. With 50 games and activities, all formatted as reproducible worksheets, this resource will entertain and challenge Grade 3-7 students and help them to become adept at manipulating words.

"...a highly useful tool for teacher-librarians and teahcers of Japanese and multicultural studies."
Bookmark

"I strongly recommend this for teachers looking for support material for a Japan unit."
Cindy Swoveland, librarian

Word Challenge
Zoom In Trade & Retail: 32p, PB
by Naomi and Elias Wakan Schools: 0-921358-05-9
Pacific-Rim Publishers Cdn $9.95
Level : Intermediate and High

Out of Print

This book was based on the production of the numerous slide-shows presented by Pacific-Rim Slide-Shows in BC schools. Zoom In will help both teachers and students put together slide-shows that sparkle, illuminate and make a point. This book has pages of recommendations for preparing a slide-show as well as planning the story board before the slides are shot. Slide activities and games are also suggested.

"...and indeed, it does whet the appetite for more!...Highly recommended."
Bookmark

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