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The Northland Beckons: An Illustrated Haiku Journey

ISBN: 9781643436012
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Sandra Hisakuni
Illustrator: Sofia Hisakuni
Pages: 48
Trim: 7 x 9 inches
Published: 03/12/2024

The Northland beckons
Breathe, paddle, wander, observe
Much will be revealed

Journey to the beautiful Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Canada. This sweet collection of haiku poetry allows readers to explore nature and meet the animals who call this treasured wilderness home.

About the Author: Sandra Hisakuni is an English language teacher who has taught in Japan, China, and the United States. She enjoys spending time in the wilderness and with her son and daughter. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About the Illustrator: Sofia Hisakuni has always had a passion for expressing her creativity through art, drawing, and design. She currently works in marketing, and enjoys spending time outdoors and visiting her mom. She lives in Los Angeles, California.


“Sandra’s use of poetry to describe the BWCA is captivating and Sofia’s illustrations are authentic and heartwarming. A smiling frog never looked so good.” - Joe Friedrichs

“Sandra and Sofia love the wilderness, and that love shines through the writing and illustrations. I cannot recommend this book highly enough; if I could give the book a six-star rating, I would.” - Philip Van Heusen

“This anthology of poems captures a journey from beginning to end while showing how helpful poetry, particularly Japanese Haiku, can be as a literary device. This would make an excellent teaching tool for young and older students.” - Delene Vrey 

“The rhythm runs like silk over your ears as it is read aloud and delivered in a peaceful atmosphere. The tranquility in the lines will ease children…adults will enjoy the depictions of wildlife and the visions the words conjure.” -  Courtnee Turner Hoyle