As a very hot day in a Spanish village by the sea draws to a close, the children have grown bored and quarrelsome. They turn to their uncle to amuse them. He, too, is ready for a break from his work and tells them a story they love to hear.
Once he had grand dreams of seeing the world, but now he is known as “Tapicero Tap Tap,” after the sounds that come from his humble furniture workshop. The war robbed him of his dreams of travel and he stayed in his small Spanish village making fine sofas and chairs.
But Tapicero Tap Tap is far from bitter: he has found and shared the treasures of a productive life lived among family and good friends. And besides, it’s never too late to travel.
Warabé Aska’s stunning art and moving text combine in a story that transcends time and place.
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Warabé Aska is one of those gifted artists who also writes stories.
He produced several successful books in his native Japan before immigrating to Canada in 1979. His first book with Tundra, Who Goes to the Park, won several prizes including the City of Toronto Book Award, which was given to a children’s book for the first time. Warabé has had solo exhibitions of his art in Japan, England, the U.S., and Canada. His art has also achieved global acclaim in exhibitions staged in the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Yugoslavia, and Iran. His works are part of the permanent collections of Japan’s Imperial Family as well as in many prominent private collections. Warabé Aska lives in Toronto.
PreS-Gr. 2. Japanese Canadian artist Aska contributes both words and pictures in this intergenerational tale set in a sleepy, coastal Spanish town. A young narrator introduces his grandfather, Tapicero Tap Tap, whose nickname echoes the sounds that his hammer makes when he constructs his fine furniture. Tapicero entertains his grandson with stories about his own youthful dream--to experience the sights and sounds of far-off worlds. The words are spare and direct: "Then came the war, and with it, hard times." After his father is killed, Tapicero stays home to care for his family, but he learns to cherish the cultural traditions of his village and finds links to faraway places through conversation with visitors passing through town. An ending, in which Tapicero abruptly announces travel plans, is awkwardly inserted, but like Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius (1982) and David Schwartz's Supergrandpa (1991), Aska's story encourages children to think about their elders in new ways. Feathery sun-drenched paintings, best viewed up close, reinforce the warm family relationship. Gillian Engberg
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