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Suki's Kimono

av Chieri Uegaki

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On her first day of first grade, despite the objections of her older sisters, Suki chooses to wear her beloved Japanese kimono to school because it holds special memories of her grandmother's visit last summer.
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    beelrami: Both books are about being yourself on the first day of school but the girls go through different journeys.
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Oh the struggles of fitting in. Don't (fill in the blank with something you want to do) because people will think.... (you fill in the blank). Suki's older sisters try to warn her of how to make a good impression on the first day of school, but she doesn't listen. She is excited to show off the kimono that her grandmother gave her during her visit this summer.
Other kids laugh and tease her about the way she had dressed, but she doesn't let this get her down. When it comes time for her to share of her summer vacation, she captivates the room with her vivid story of the festival she attended with her grandmother. She explains her kimono and even shows the traditional dances that she saw at the festival.
On the way home the older sisters were disappointed that no one noticed their carefully planed out outfits, but Suki was floating home because she embraced her culture, shared it with the class, and practiced being proud of who she is. ( )
  cblanco | Apr 22, 2020 |
A little girl stands up to her sisters, in deciding to wear her favorite outfit -- a kimono that her grandmother gave to her -- on her first day of school. She braves the mockery of her classmates and shows the kids the Japanese dance that she remembers.[return][return]Very sweet and touching. The child's affection for her grandmother, and the evocative description of her dance and memory of the dance she saw, stand out. ( )
  adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
Over the summer Suki's grandmother visited and together they attended a festival. Now it's the first day of school and Suki wants to wear the kimono her grandmother gave her, but her older sisters tell her it's not appropriate for first grade. What should Suki do?

This is a very sweet story that has so many positive aspects to it. For starters, I loved that the glossary of Japanese words is at the front of the book instead of the end, so anyone reading this aloud to children will right away be able to help the listeners to define words and can feel comfortable themselves in pronouncing the unfamiliar nouns. (It's worth nothing that pretty much all of the definitions could be inferred in the context of the story anyhow, but it's still nice to have a direct translation readily available.)

Without being heavy-handed or didactic, the book talks about how cultural norms may vary and how being true to oneself is the best route to go. Suki displays perseverance and wins over her critics as a result of her gentle but strong stance.

The watercolor illustrations are a perfect match for this book -- somehow they are both airy and substantive at once. The beautiful colors and the dancer-like movements to the lines are appealing and draw the eye in to each page. Little details like the family's cat or the teacher's decorative scarf further pull the viewers in and engage them in the story.

All of the named characters are female, which is nice in a world where women and girls tend to be secondary characters only. However, I know I would be unhappy if the only female characters were unnamed ones, so I could see how men and boys might not like that being the case for them here. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 23, 2019 |
Suki wants to wear her kimono and clogs to school after her grandmother had given it to her; they had fun in the summer going to a traditional festival. While her sisters shamed her for wanting to wear it, Suki decided that she wanted to wear it and didn't regret it one bit. The whole class laughed and snickered at first, but it ended in cheering as she danced for them. Ages 4-8
  blittlefield22 | May 30, 2018 |
Suki wanted to wear her kimono that her grandmother gave her to school. Her big sisters laughed at her and told her she looked silly as well as some of her classmates. But she decided to wear it anyway and that she liked it enough to not care what others thought. A great book on culture and self confidence.
  weeniewen2 | Mar 5, 2018 |
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On the first day of school, Suki is determined to wear her favorite clothes, even though her two older sisters don’t approve. She doesn’t care about new or cool outfits, just about wearing the kimono, geta, and pink scarf her obachan gave her. Many kids at school do tease Suki, but she continues to hold her head up. When it’s her turn to tell about her summer, she describes the festival she attended with her grandmother and begins to dance as her obachan taught her. Now instead of teasing, Suki has the respect of her classmates. And in a twist of irony, the sisters who told Suki she’d be teased for her outfit come home grumpy because no one noticed their new clothing, while Suki dances home with the wind in her pink scarf. Jorisch’s watercolor illustrations are reminiscent of Japanese brush paintings. Her characters’ faces are extremely expressive and perfectly portray their feelings. A wonderful story about being yourself, with the added bonus of teaching readers a little about Japanese culture. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)
 
In Uegaki's appealing first book, a first-grader prefers to face scorn from her classmates rather than give up her beloved kimono. Stylish illustrations by Jorisch (Oma's Quilt) add pizzazz. Suki's grandmother buys her the beautiful blue kimono and takes her to the summer festival, where they dance together to Japanese music. Here Jorisch's urban backdrops give life to the pleasures and surprises of a small ethnic enclave in a good-size city. When Suki wants to wear the kimono on the first day of school, her older sisters' disapproval and warnings do not deter her. Jorisch's lightly tinted but gaily drawn watercolors show Suki as she strolls along with her arms out and her sleeves aloft, "like she'd grown her own set of wings"; she's blissfully innocent of the poking and giggling going on around her. When their teacher, Mrs. Paggio, asks the class about their summer vacations, Suki, by now aware of other children's reactions, describes the festival, then demonstrates the festival dance right in front of everyone. Jorisch captures the moment: Suki performs the steps in a series of vignettes, then waits alone, with scarlet cheeks, on the left-hand page while her classmates watch from desks on the right. Mrs. Paggio applauds, "and after a moment, so did the entire class." Given the true-to-life character, readers may feel like applauding, too. Ages 5-8.
tillagd av ReneHohls | ändraPublishers Weekly, November 24 2003, Vol. 250 Issue 47, p64, 1p (Nov 1, 2003)
 
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