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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Grandma's Lost Treasure is a children's picture book by David Huerta. Kin and Sugi are two siblings living on their grandmother's farm in the small mountain town of Daigo. While going through her attic, they stumble upon a mysterious box full of old dishes that had been gathering dust for years. Upon seeing the broken dishes, Kin and Sugi decide to restore them to their former glory. They gather natural sap from the nearby Urushi tree and mix it with rice powder to make a fine golden paste, which they use to mend the old dishes. Soon, they begin to see the change and marvel at how the imperfections brought life to the dishes and made them even more beautiful, all thanks to the Japanese art of Kintsugi.
Author David Huerta infuses his love for Japanese culture and arts into this delightful children's tale that tugs at your heartstrings in the most unexpected ways. Grandma's Lost Treasure is not just a fun read but also imparts a valuable lesson to readers. There is beauty to be found in imperfections or things that seem broken if only we know how to look for it. Apart from the engaging story, the meticulously detailed illustrations keep your eyes glued to the pages. Every character brings something of its own to the narrative, and despite this being a short story, Huerta manages to make them feel distinct with personalities of their own. I was not previously aware of Kintsugi, and this picture book has made me even more interested in this art form and Japanese culture in general. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to kids and adults alike.