The Color of Earth Series, by Kim Dong Hwa

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The Color of Earth, The Color of Water, and The Color of Heaven

The Color of Earth, The Color of Water, and The Color of Heaven. Kim Dong Hwa. Book Review: Since the death of her father, Ehwa and her mother live alone, running their village's tavern. As Ehwa grows from a girl to a young woman, she and her mother both search for love. [Image: mother and daughter] The Color of Earth series is a trilogy of manwha (Korean graphic novels) depicting life for two women in historic rural Korea. This series has its moments, particularly in the relationship between mother and daughter, but ultimately I found it an awkward and unsuccessful melding of historical fiction and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

Challenged for: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
That's right: a book can be challenged for being too educational.

Good for: I was frequently unsettled by the strange combination of biological facts about coming of age, what seemed like very incorrect information about the same topic, and the veneration of, to me, outdated cultural values very specific to a particular time and place. It seemed an odd choice to combine historical fiction with information and advice about the biological changes of growing up—but it's a choice that may work for other readers (just not me).


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