Return to the Most Beautiful Village in the World
Return to the Most Beautiful Village in the World

Return to the Most Beautiful Village in the World


Yamo's Village Series


41 Pages, 10.75 x 8.5

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $23.99)

Publication Date: November 2020

ISBN 9781940842455

Price: $17.99


The third book from Yamo's Village series completes the story with hope and the promise of a bright future

A year goes by and another winter arrives. Mirado has been traveling with the circus all over the world, but he still thinks of Paghman Village and his friend Yamo every day. When he hears the news that the long war will be over, Mirado decides to return to the village. He says farewell to the members of the circus and heads east by train, bus, carriage, and finally by foot. Supported by the kindness of people he meets on the way, he finally arrives in Paghman Village but finds it was completely destroyed by the war. He cannot find Yamo there, so the next morning he goes to the nearby town. When he begins to play his flute on the street, people gather around him and Mirado hears a song sung by a familiar voice.


"A moving book about kindness, friendship, and hope in the context of conflict and displacement." —Kirkus Reviews

"Home calls, and Mirado will answer, no matter the challenges involved in getting back. His is a lovely, melancholy tale about the magic of returning." —Michelle Anne Schingler, Foreword Reviews

"Stunning landscapes and colors tell the tale of Mirado's journey, with the boy often appearing as a speck in a majestic backdrop. Young readers will feel the warmth of human company and the chill of solitude that marks such a trek." —Lydia Mulvany, Booklist

"The prevailing mood of loss and longing is lifted by a heartwarming reunion and the hope that spring will bring growth and new life to Pagham." —The Horn Book

Author Biography

Yutaka Kobayashi is a Nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) artist and picture book author. In 1983, he received a Special Excellence Award in the Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition. He was a frequent visitor to the Islamic countries of Asia and the Middle East from the 1970s to the early 1980s, and the main themes of his works reflect those visits.