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The Big Wave - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 3 - 5! We are excited for you to join us in our discussion for The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a flier for this website, a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Kits are ready to pick up! Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Amanda know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!

"The Big Wave" by Pearl S. Buck

“Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. Everyone, including Kino and Jiya, has heard of the big wave. No one suspects it will wipe out the whole village and Jiya's family, too. As Jiya struggles to overcome his sorrow, he understands it is in the presence of danger that one learns to be brave, and to appreciate how wonderful life can be. The famous story of a Japanese boy who must face life after escaping the tidal wave destruction of his family and village.”

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author, Japan, and tsunamis:

The Nobel Prize’s bio page on Pearl S. Buck:

Pearl S. Buck International, a humanitarian group dedicated to carrying on her work:

National Geographic Kids’ page on tsunamis:

National Weather Service’s Tsunami Warning System site:

Kids World Travel Guide’s page about Japan:

Web Japan for kids:

Included as well: a “tsunami in a bottle” activity, tsunami facts sheet, a survival kit activity, and two coloring pages!

We hope you enjoy these activities and cannot wait to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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