The East-West House

By Nichi Bei

Always having been curious about the life of biracial artist Isamu Noguchi, I was pleased to receive this book to review. Palo Alto, Calif. author and illustrator Christy Hale has created a lovely picture of a friendless child whose art is born of loneliness.

The final page illustrates the satisfaction Isamu earned upon the completion of his home. “With the world in his hands his imagination soared. And where emptiness once lived, Isamu created home.”</br></br>

With a picture book format, this book would appear to be written for young children. However, the mature concepts of abandonment, loneliness, and ostracism convince me that this is more appropriate reading for young adults and adults.</br></br>