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Shikayo Oreno Kyodaiyo Shikayo Oreno Kyodaiyo
(Oh Deer, My Brother Deer!)

Text by Toshiko Kanzawa
Ill. by Pavlishin, Gennadiy Dmitriyevich
Tokyo: Fukuinkan Shoten, 2004

36 pp; 290 x 310 mm
ISBN : 4-8340-0632-8
Ages : 6+
Nature, Hunting, Traditional Life

Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Award 2004

This picture book is the fruit of an excellent collaboration between a Japanese writer who, having spent her childhood in Sakhalin, has a deep respect for Northern people and a Russian artist who lives in Siberia.
“I am a hunter. I was born and raised in the Siberian Forest. I wear deerskin and eat deer meat; deer becomes part of me, lives within me. Thus I think of deer as my brother.” The narrator of the book is a young hunter who leads a traditional life. He goes hunting deer on a small boat in a beautiful forest. When he shoots a huge stag, he expresses his gratitude and wishes that the soul of the stag will return to the Forest God and come back to life again one day. This moving depiction of forest life is made even more powerful by the accompanying graceful and elaborate illustrations.

Toshiko Kanzawa was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1924 and spent her childhood in Sakhalin. After graduating from Bunka Gakuin, she began writing poems and stories for children. The awards and prizes she has received include the Iwaya Sazanami Literature Award, the Mobile Award for Children’s Culture, the Sankei Award for Children’s Books & Publications and the Japanese Nursery Rhymes Award.
See also: http://www.jbby.org/en/andersen01.html

G.D. Pavlishin was born in Khabarovsk in 1938. He studied History at Vladivostok University. He has published more than 100 picture books and books of illustrations. He has received numerous awards including the Soviet Union National Award, the Lenin Award and the Golden Apple Award from BIB.
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