RENA KRASNO (author of picture book Floating Lanterns and Golden Shrines: Celebrating Japanese Festivals) is a simultaneous interpreter and author of books both for adults and children. She was born of Russian parents in Shanghai, China, where she spent her youth. She later lived for lengthy periods of time in Israel, Japan, Korea, Germany and the Philippines. Her home is now in California.
Krasno has written a number of well received books for adults [Strangers Always: A Jewish Family in Wartime Shanghai (1992); That Last Glorious Summer 1939, Shanghai-Japan (2001)] and for children [The Banana Also Has a Heart: Filipino Folk Tales (1978); Kneeling Carabao and Dancing Giants: Celebrating Filipino Festivals (1997); Floating Lanterns and Golden Shrines: Celebrating Japanese Festivals (2000)].
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