Yutaka Kobayashi is a Nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) artist and picture book author.
"The prevailing mood of loss and longing is lifted by a
heartwarming reunion and the hope that spring will bring growth and
new life to Pagham." --The Horn Book
"A moving book about kindness, friendship, and hope in the context of conflict and displacement." --Kirkus Reviews
"Home calls, and Mirado will answer, no matter the challenges involved in getting back. His is a lovely, melancholy tale about the magic of returning." --Michelle Anne Schingler, Foreword Reviews
"Stunning landscapes and colors tell the tale of Mirado's journey, with the boy often appearing as a speck in a majestic backdrop. Young readers will feel the warmth of human company and the chill of solitude that marks such a trek." --Lydia Mulvany, Booklist