Illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh
Princeton Architectural Press, 2019.
Orig. Attends Miyuki, De La Martinière Jeunesse, 2016.
Hardcover Picture Book, 32 pp.
I love Time for Bed, Miyuki. Seng Soun Ratanavanh’s colored pencil and watercolor illustrations are just so beautiful. Patience, Miyuki is another visual stunner. Roxane Marie Galliez returns with another enchanting story of Miyuki, miniature and out amongst nature.
Miyuki is impatient for a particular flower to bloom on the first day of Spring. Her postures within the stillness of the page relay her enforced patience as she is delayed in her mission to try to help the flower along.
As the story will remind the reader, Miyuki was so busy trying to hurry/help something along that she missed out things already happening. The flower would open in its own good time—at the end of the story. It may have been eager for Spring, too, having been dreaming of it, but it opened in its own sweet time. It wanted to linger and enjoy, savor, which is what Grandfather was encouraging Miyuki to do: which is what the reader will do as they linger over the beautiful images and the story’s rich imagination.
It looks as if there is another volume Merci Miyuki with a 2018 e La Martinière Jeunesse date. I do hope they’ll continue to create and translate these stories. I’d love a collection… and maybe a doll?…some art prints?
My review for Bedtime for Miyuki
Prize-winning writer, poet, and children’s book author Roxane Marie Galliez has a doctorate in the history of ancient civilizations and traveled the Pacific Islands for several years as a researcher and journalist. She lives near Saint-Etienne, France.
A graduate of the School of Fine Arts in Paris, illustrator and painter Seng Soun Ratanavanh lives outside Paris, France.