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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Waiting for Mama
by Lee Tae-Jun
Age Range: Under_5
This is a poignant story of a small child waiting for his mama at the station. Every time a train comes in he asks the driver ‘Isn’t my Mama coming?’ As every train goes by and everyday life continues all around, the child still waits as it slowly gets colder and colder and the wind blows stronger and stronger.
This picture book from Korea was written by Lee Tae-Jun (1904-1956), one of Korea’s best-loved authors and the story first appeared in a newspaper in 1938. Illustrator, Kim Dong-Seong has drawn the people and the scenery as they might have looked in 1938. The pictures are beautifully evocative in their pen and ink style contrasted with the subtle watercolour hues on the opposite pages. Several pages have no text at all but the pictures ably convey the mood.
This is a bilingual book in Korean and English.