I probalby wouldn’t have classified this as a Maine book because it takes place mainly in Japan, but I was VERY short on books about Maine.
But, it does do a comparison of Japan and Maine, and it’s an incredibly cute story. CRAZY CUTE!
The Wakame Gatherers is a story about a girl from two cultures. One of her parents is from Japan and one is from the United States. She spends time with both grandmothers.
This particular time, the grandmother from Maine is visiting Japan and learning about how to harvest seaweed and the many different types and how it is used.
And there was my tie in……
In the book they compare different ways sea weed is used in the two countries. The main thing my kids remember. Sea weed is used in Miso soup and in ice cream.
After reading everyone drew/wrote 4 different ways sea weed is used by people. Then they colored their favorite ways with their favorite color. The boys expanded on this to also color their least favorite way with their least favorite color…… Hence the purple/pink monstrosity up above.
Most common favorite thing: ice cream.
There wasn’t a common least favorite. My boys were all in favor of miso soup, another kid loved sushi. It was a fun discussion.