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When the Sakura Bloom


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Presented for reviews at major review journals including Kirkus, Booklist, PW, SLJ, and Horn Book. Target marketing to communities with cherry blossom festivals. Included in conference marketing for teachers and librarians.

About the Author

Narisa Togo is a printmaker and illustrator and lives in Japan. She has a bachelor's degree in ecology and a master's degree in children's book illustration.


"This beautiful picture book helps us to understand how significant the Cherry Blossom Festival is...Turn the pages of this book slowly and understand how lovely the trees are and what they mean to the Japanese culture." 5 Stars, Good Reading Magazine
"This is a beautiful timeless tale that while distinctly Japanese, is universal in its relatability and message. At heart, it is about accepting that while busy lives don't allow us to be mindful in every moment, nature's constant and predictable patterns give us the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect and rejuvenate." ReadPlus
"The text of this beautiful books shows the slowing down needed to appreciate the cherry blossom, its fragility a metaphor for life itself, importuning the audience to make the most of the moment" Magpies Magazine
"Well suited to reading aloud, the concise text works well with the precise, delicate artwork, subtly encouraging viewers to slow down occasionally and enjoy fleeting moments of natural beauty....a pleasing addition to classroom units on trees, spring, Japan, or cherry blossom festivals." Booklist
"Onomatopoeic in its telling and burbling with touches of nature, this is a perfect picture book articulation of spring's triumphant return."Forward Reviews

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