The spine of a children’s book shelved on a bookcase to the right of my computer table in my office library captured my attention today. And, wondering what is written inside I stopped what I was doing and started reading. The title of this book is “The Little Samurai, Thrump-O-Moto” written by James Clavell and Designed/Illustrated by George Sharp.
This book is about a little girl who lives on the edge of the Australian outback. It’s about her adventure with a tiny samurai who drops from a jacaranda tree in their garden. The story’s focus is on this tiny wizard and the young girl’s hope for a cure for her handicap. They both are brave when they travel to Japan. I like the way the story weaves together around dreams, danger and fantasy concluding with a happy ending.
And, if you aren’t familiar with this author, James Clavell, I’m sure you’ll recognize the names of many of his other novels like, King Rat in 1983, Shogun, a novel of Japan in 1975 and Whirlwind in 1986. He was Australian-born and probably is best known for his epic Asian Saga series of novels and their televised adaptations, along with such films as The Great Escape and To Sir, with Love.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, May 1, 2013