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“A mystery, a quest, a mother and a child, an earthquake and a discovery: Are You An Echo? folds poetry and history into recent events, resurrecting the work of Misuku Kaneko and bringing the gentle grace of her poems to a new generation.”
— Lauren Redniss, author of Radioactive, finalist for the National Book Award

In early-1900s Japan, Misuzu Kaneko grows from precocious bookworm to instantly-beloved children’s poet. But her life ends prematurely, and Misuzu’s work is forgotten. Decades later her poems are rediscovered—just in time to touch a new generation devastated by the tsunami of 2011. This picture book features Misuzu’s life story plus a trove of her poetry in English and the original Japanese.


Big Catch

At sunrise, glorious sunrise
it’s a big catch!
A big catch of sardines!


On the beach, it’s like a festival
but in the sea, they will hold funerals
for the tens of thousands dead.


For more on this beloved poet, please visit

Are you an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko


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