Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

The Color of Earth

In the tradition of My Antonia and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, from the pen of the renowned Korean manwha creator Kim Dong Hwa, comes a young adult graphic novel trilogy about a girl coming of age, set in the vibrant, beautiful landscape of pastoral Korea.  Ehwa grows up helping her widowed mother run the local tavern, watching as their customers look down on her mother for her single lifestyle. But as she gets older, Ehwa slowly begins to open up to the possibility of love in her life.

Books in this Series

The Color of Earth

The Color of Earth

The Color of Earth (Volume 1)
Kim Dong Hwa
First Second

First love is never easy.

Ehwa grows up helping her widowed mother run the local tavern, watching as their customers – both neighbors and strangers – look down on her mother for her single...

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About the author

Dong Hwa Kim

“The world is full of small and insignificant things. These things end up coming together and creating the history of entire human beings. People can think that each one of their personal decisions, their obligations and responsibilities, are just their own, but the truth is that everything and everyone is connected and related deeply and closely. We go through numerous conflicts every day because of the discordance between what we want to do and what we should do, and we are forced to choose only one of them. The book is the reflection of that reality.”


Kim Dong-hwa is a widely revered Korean comic artist. Since his debut (with My Sky, serialized in the Daily Hanguk, one of the most prestigious Korean newspapers) in 1975, he has become a mainstay of the Korean manhwa (comics) landscape. He is best known for his tender stories and uncanny ability to write from a profoundly feminine perspective.


The three books that make up The Color TrilogyThe Color of Earth, The Color of Water, and The Color of Heaven – are his first manhwa to be translated into English and published in the United States. 


“Since I was very young, I’ve been interested in writing and drawing stories about girls growing up, both mentally and physically. I think that the process of a girl becoming a woman is one of the biggest mysteries and wonders of life. And when my mother was sleeping in her sickbed, I looked down her wrinkled face and suddenly realized that she must had been young and beautiful once. Then I started imagining her childhood. What would she have looked like in her 60s, 50s, 40s, and so on?  Ehwa, the protagonist of The Color Trilogy, is the result of my tracing back to my mother’s youth.”

Dong Hwa Kim