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publisher: Kids Can Press

Suki's Kimono

by Chieri Uegaki, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch

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published: Sep 2003
ISBN:9781553370840
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

Suki’s favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother’s visit last summer. And Suki is going to wear it on her first day back to school — no matter what anyone says.

When it’s Suki’s turn to share with her classmates what she did during the summer, she tells them about the street festival she attended with her obachan and the circle dance that they took part in. In fact, she gets so carried away reminiscing that she’s soon humming the music and dancing away, much to the delight of her entire class!

Filled with gentle enthusiasm and a touch of whimsy, Suki’s Kimono is the joyful story of a little girl whose spirit leads her to march — and dance — to her own drumbeat.

About the Authors
Chieri Uegaki is the author of Rosie and Buttercup, Suki's Kimono and Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin. Her books have garnered such honors as the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Chieri lives on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.
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Chieri Uegaki is the author of Rosie and Buttercup, Suki's Kimono and Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin. Her books have garnered such honors as the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Chieri lives on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
p to 3
Awards
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Award
  • Winner, Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine
  • Short-listed, Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize
  • Runner-up, Mr. Christie Book Award
  • Runner-up, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award
  • Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award
  • Winner, Children's Book Award Notable Book, International Reading Association
Editorial Reviews

A wonderful story about being yourself, with the added bonus of teaching readers a little about Japanese culture.

— Kirkus Reviews

A fine choice for multicultural units as well as youngsters dealing with differences. Suki’s story will appeal to other independent-thinking girls as well.

— Booklist

Jorisch’s watercolours creations capture the spunk of the free-thinking Suki.

— Montreal Review of Books

The story, written for ages four through eight, rings true on many levels.

— ForeWord Magazine

A wonderful story about being yourself, with the added bonus of teaching readers a little about Japanese culture.

— Quill & Quire

An absolutely delightful tale ...

— Asian Week

Uegaki’s first picture book is a joyful tribute to a little girl’s inner and outer sense of style. Uegaki conveys Suki’s determination to honour her grandmother and remember a favourite day with language as colourful as the all-important kimono. Suki’s Kimono successfully achieves that delicate balance between plot, language, illustration, and design that is so critical when creating memorable picture books.

— New York Times

Overall, this is an appealing story of courage and independence.

— School Library Journal

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