Thursday, February 21, 2008

Book dummy from the past...

This is a children's book dummy I made when I was around 13 or 14 years old. The story is based on my own experience of the time when I moved to Canada for a few years as a child.

"Junko's Black Hair"

"Illustration & story by Junko Miyakoshi"

"One day, Junko arrived at an airport with her mom. As she looked around and saw unfamiliar people, she thought..."

"Wow... brown hair, blond hair, red hair... they're so beautiful! Why is my hair black...?"

"I got it! Hair color changes if I stay here!"

"'What hair color do I want? Brown? But blond is also good..' Junko excitedly waited her hair color to change but..."
"Her hair color stayed black in the morning and at night."

"One day, Junko got into a new school. She felt uncomfortable being the only kid with black hair, but then..."
"Everyone gathered around her saying, 'Wow, you have such pretty black hair!'"

"That night, Junko looked herself in a mirror and thought, 'Maybe this black hair isn't bad after all... Maybe this black hair is only for me!'"
"Ever since that day, Junko proudly had her black hair down."
-The End-

"How Junko's day starts"

This actually is a true story, and I really thought my hair color would change..!! All Japanese people have black hair (unless dyed), and it was pretty shocking for a 5 year-old kid who had never been outside her country!!


Patty said...

Wow, there's lots of cool stuff! I really like this story... I was thinking of writing something similar about why people have different hair/eye color. I work in Japan and children have asked me why we are different. But I'm excited to see such good work. Thanks for posting.

Junko Miyakoshi said...

Thanks for your comment :)
I personally think children are more adaptable to what adults think is "different".. They see through what seems to look different from the outside, and realize that we are all not that different after all. At least that's what I thought as a child being surrounded by non-Asian people.. :)