Tamaishi by Ian Tadashi Moore

An illustrated children’s novel for readers, ages 8-12.

What is the story about? 

Tamaishi (tama: 玉, “lit. jewel” ishi: 石, “lit. stone”) is the story of Tama, a curious pebble from the Valley Where All the Little Things Live. On a journey of self-discovery, Tama crosses the valley and explores the depths of the Great Sea. When he meets Korobu, a mighty boulder that resides on the mountaintop, he learns a new secret about himself.

What I liked most: 

This story will immediately transport you to your childhood, both in its lovely, imaginative writing and the stunning drawings that bring you into Tama’s world. As you linger on the page, exploring all the wonderful detail, new things – a small creature peeking out, an expression on another character’s face – will appear to you at each reading. It’s hard to imagine the amount of time Mr. Moore took in crafting this beautiful story, but we’re all thankful he did. This story is perfect for young and older children. Here’s hoping you enjoy it as much as I did!

Is it part of a series?

Yes – Ian Tadashi Moore is preparing a follow-up book featuring Naio, a feather, from Tamaishi. Check out the Kickstarter for that project here. Please lend your support.

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