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The Travels of Basho

Illustrated by Demi
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About The Author

Dawnine Spivak is living and writing in Vermont.  She lives in rented farmhouses where old maples line the dirt road, near violet mountains where cold and poverty protect the beauty of the land.  She has taught the Japanese novel and poetry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  Presently Dawnine teaches literature at Sterling College and was a recent member of the Vermont Anti-Hunger Corps.

About The Illustrator
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Demi is the award-winning creator of numerous books for children, including The Empty Pot; Buddha; The Dalai Lama; The Legend of Saint Nicholas; Gandhi, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award; and Muhammad, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice selection, a Booklist Editors’ Choice selection, one of the Booklist Top Ten Religion Books for Youth, and a Book Links “Lasting Connections” selection, and was cited in a Publishers Weekly starred review as a “timely, exceptionally handsome biography [that] serves as an excellent introduction to Islam.” Demi lives in Carnation, Washington.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 2009)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442409361
  • Grades: 4 - 6
  • Ages: 6 - 9

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  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
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