In Japan around 1900, Michi is apprenticed to the stern kimono-maker, Mistress Shinyo. She works hard and skillfully and soon becomes an unwanted role model for the less-talented apprentices. Then an important commission comes in, and Michi isMoreIn Japan around 1900, Michi is apprenticed to the stern kimono-maker, Mistress Shinyo. She works hard and skillfully and soon becomes an unwanted role model for the less-talented apprentices. Then an important commission comes in, and Michi is assigned the task of sewing a kimono of pure white silk. That night, the other apprentices steal all of Michis thread except for the red.Appalled and fearful, Michi sets to work, sewing each stitch so carefully that the red thread cannot be seen from the outside.
When the noblewoman calls for her kimono, she is delighted. Mistress Shinyo, shaken by the near-disaster, is only dissuaded from punishing the other apprentices by Michis plea for leniency. Based on a true incident from the life of the authors great-grandmother-in-law and with sensuously delicate watercolor illustrations, this tale of obedience and rectitude will appeal to the multicultural/education market as well as to parents, especially those who appreciate high-quality didactic works of childrens literature.About the Author:Andy William Frew has a wide range of experience in the field of childhood education.
He has taught in the Detroit and East Providence (RI) public school systems, in Swans Island (ME), and on the tiny MA island of Cuttyhunk. He has also been a mental health worker and research assistant at a psychiatric hospital, and currently teaches at the private Community Preparatory School in Providence. His wife of many years is of Japanese descent, and he maintains a close relationship with his Japanese mother-in-law, giving him considerable insight and sensitivity into Japanese culture.
He is the compiler of a delightfully eccentric book of days, Frews Daily Archive. The Invisible Seam is his first childrens book.About the Illustrator:Jun Matsuoka was born in Yokahama and received much of her early education in the United Arab emirates, where she began painting under the tutelage of a Scottish art teacher. After receiving her degree in Fine Arts at York University, Toronto (where she also painted signs and murals), she returned to Japan, where she has worked in advertising and photo retouching while pursuing her profession as a painter of exquisite watercolors.
Her work has been the subject of small exhibitions and has appeared in European magazines. The Invisible Seam is her first book.