Kogi's Mysterious Journey
Kogi longs to capture the spirit of nature in his art. He draws majestic mountains, trees, waterfalls, and Lake Biwa's glimmering fish, but his paintings are always lifeless and dull-until one supernatural morning when he wades into the cool, deep, shimmering water and becomes a golden fish. There he learns firsthand the freedom within the silence that pulsates in all of life.
When hunger drives him to risk the fisherman's baited hook, another miraculous transformation forces Kogi back to his life as a painter, but a painter now forever changed. Elizabeth Partridge's elegant prose and Aki Sogabe's cut-paper illustrations bring clean lines and lush color to this mysterious tale of discovery.
Illustrated by Aki Sogabi
Dutton's Children's Books 2003 (Out of Print)
"Partridge, author of several studies on how art or artists are made, focuses on transformations and artistic epiphanies in this powerfully retold Japanese legend." Kirkus
"Partridge tells the story of how, at each full moon, the people who live near Japan's Lake Biwa gather to hear the story of Kogi the artist, who tries again and again to paint fish... The precision of Sogabe's traditional cut-paper Japanese motifs—a kimono-clad artist under the cherry blossoms, a snow-covered mountain—will certainly impress readers, but the fish scenes reveal her greatest gifts." Publisher's Weekly
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