The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden
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The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden

Illustrated by Rachel Wada
Published by Orca Book Publisher
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When the tsunami destroyed Makio’s village, Makio lost his father…and his voice. The entire village is silenced by grief, and the young child’s anger at the ocean grows. Then one day his neighbor, Mr. Hirota, begins a mysterious project—building a phone booth in his garden. At first Makio is puzzled; the phone isn’t connected to anything. It just sits there, unable to ring. But as more and more villagers are drawn to the phone booth, its purpose becomes clear to Makio: the disconnected phone is connecting people to their lost loved ones. Makio calls to the sea to return what it has taken from him and ultimately finds his voice and solace in a phone that carries words on the wind. Inspired by the true story of the wind phone in Otsuchi, Japan, following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

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    Book Details

    ISBN
    9781459821033
    Publication Date
    September 17, 2019
    Page Count
    32
    Words Per Page
    17
    Audience
    Picture
    Reading Age
    5 - 8 years
    Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
    2019934057
    ASIN/ISBN 10
    1459821033
    Lexile® Level
    490L
    Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
    ~M
    ATOS® Book Level
    2.3
    Accelerated Reader® Points
    0.5
    Accelerated Reader Quiz
    507861
    Accelerated Reader Interest Level
    LG

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