Rice from Heaven, The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans
by Tina Cho, illustrated by Keum Jin Song
Little Bee Books, 2018
A story based on a true event.
A group in South Korea organize to send balloons carrying rice across the border to South Korea in the hopes that the families will receive the rice. The people in North Korea are starving and their government does nothing. Some who help send the rice, are from South Korea and know starvation. When some children cry, “They are the enemy,” the story’s hero declares the children are eating grass and bark for they have no food. Understanding, the opposing children join in the effort. Launched under the cover of darkness, the rice must fly 118 miles and not be noticed by North Korean soldiers. Six pages of backmatter introduces Korea and what is taking place there today. This book is ideal for discussion to supplement what children are hearing in today’s news.