Peach Heaven

Farrar. Jul. 2024. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780374391300.
Gr 1-3–Choi looks back to a childhood storm in the mountains of her Korean home that flooded the streets and brought the entire peach harvest raining down on their heads. Because of the water-filled streets, the fruit floated and so was miraculously whole and unblemished. After enjoying tasting, then devouring, peach after peach—the pride of their region—the people realize the devastation brought to the mountain farmers who had intended to harvest the peaches at their peak. A plan is made. But one peach pit survived in Choi’s backyard. An author’s note tells of the single liberty she took with the telling.
VERDICT Though first published in 2005, this edition’s new illustrations bring it firmly up to date, in a memoir that reads like a fairy tale of a community touched by a miracle.

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