The Big Wave
About the book:
The Big Wave book
Author: Pearl S. Buck
Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween
Publish date: (21 Aug. 2012)
Pages: 67 eBook pages can be different
Genres: Children’s eBooks, Geography & Cultures, Psychological, Literature & Fiction, Historical Fiction
KINO LIVED ON A farm. The farm lay on the side of a mountain in Japan. The fields were terraced by
walls of stone, each one of them like a broad step up the mountain. Centuries ago Kino’s ancestors
had built the stone walls that held up the fields.
Above all the fields stood the farmhouse that was Kino’s home. Sometimes he felt the climb was a
hard one, especially when he had been working in the lowest field and he wanted his supper. But after
he had eaten at night and in the morning, he was glad that he lived so high up because he could look
down on the broad blue ocean at the foot of the mountain.
The mountain rose so steeply out of the ocean that there was only a strip of sandy shore at its foot.
Upon this strip was the small fishing village where Kino’s father sold his vegetables and rice and
bought his fish. From the window of his room Kino looked down upon the few thatched roofs of the
village, running in two uneven lines on both sides of a cobbled street. These houses faced one
another, and those that stood beside the sea did not have windows toward it. Since he enjoyed looking
at the waves, Kino often wondered why the village people did not, but he never knew until he came to
know Jiya, whose father was a fisherman.
Jiya lived in the last house in the row of houses toward the ocean, and his house did not have a
window toward the sea either.
“Why not?” Kino asked him. “The sea is beautiful.”
“The sea is our enemy,” Jiya replied.
“How can you say that?” Kino asked. “Your father catches fish from the sea and sells them and that
is how you live.”