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Hiroshi Abe

Hiroshi Abe あべ弘士

Hiroshi Abe (1948–)  was born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, where he worked as a zookeeper from 1972 to 1995 before becoming a freelance children's book author. His drawings depict subtle nuances of expression and movement that are underpinned by his many years of observing animals at close quarters. With deceptively simple line work he is able to show even the lie of the fur, creating an animal world that is captivating and easy to enter for children and grown-ups of all ages. In addition to One Stormy Night . . . (tr. 2003) and its sequels, his major works include the series Harinezumi no Purupuru (Purupuru the Hedgehog), which won the Akaitori Award for Illustration in 2000; Gorira nikki (Gorilla Diary), which received the Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Award in 1999; Nanka no Kero-kun (Always Something Kero); Minna nosete (All Aboard); and Dobutsuen gaido: Yonde tanoshii! Itte tanoshii! (The First Zoo Guide for Small Children).

Books by Hiroshi Abe
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    To a New World

    A flock of barnacle geese flies south from the Arctic Ocean. The young ones were born only this spring, and it is their first seasonal migration, a month-long journey of 3,000 kilometers?the biggest test of their lives. The author draws on his firsthand e …

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    All Aboard

    For many years, author Hiroshi Abe produced a steady stream of picture books while also working as a zookeeper at the Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa, Hokkaido?Japan's northernmost zoo, and one of its most popular. In this book he has let his imagination take …

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    The Story of the Ezo Wolf

    In Hokkaido in times past, the Ezo wolf (Canis lupus hattai) and the Ezo deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis) it preyed upon coexisted in a balance that kept populations of the latter in check?preserving the forests and grasslands from being overgrazed, and all …

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    The First Zoo Guide for Small Children

    In this animal book, a large full-color drawing of each species is accompanied by small, cartoon-like illustrations and text that relates interesting attributes of the species that aren't so widely known. Did you know that a camel's humps serve as an indi …

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