Books by Satomi Ichikawa

YOU ARE MY WONDERS by Maryann Cusimano Love
Released: July 1, 2012

"Those nervous about attending school for the first time will not find much comfort here, though teachers might like the sentiment. (Picture book. 3-6)"
More like Love's second book (You Are My Miracle, 2005) than her first (You Are My I Love You, 2001) in the You Are My… series, this fourth, school-themed one falls flat, especially since most of its intended audience does not yet attend school. Read full book review >
MY LITTLE TRAIN by Satomi Ichikawa
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Gently winning. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A seemingly self-propelled toy train narrates this sweetly invigorating tale while chauffeuring similarly mobile animals to their chosen destinations. Read full book review >
YOU ARE MY WISH by Maryann Cusimano Love
Released: March 1, 2010

"With too many lines like the latter and not enough like the former, this well-intentioned book sinks under its own metaphors. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A grandmother teddy bear enjoys a day with her grandchild in this latest entry in the You Are My... series. Read full book review >
COME FLY WITH ME by Satomi Ichikawa
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"A deceptively simple adventure that will appeal to young children who complain they don't go anywhere. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A pair of toys perched on a Parisian windowsill decides to embark on an adventure. Read full book review >
I AM PANGOO THE PENGUIN by Satomi Ichikawa
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A nice addition to the stuffed-animal genre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A penguin finds out where he belongs in this gentle tale of the love between a boy and his favorite stuffed friend. Read full book review >
MY FATHER’S SHOP by Satomi Ichikawa
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"A joyous story that brings people from different cultures together. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mustafa's dad tries to teach him foreign language phrases that will help Mustafa learn to sell the beautiful patterned rugs piled everywhere in his father's shop in a Moroccan marketplace. Read full book review >
YOU ARE MY MIRACLE by Maryann Cusimano Love
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The world she creates for the bears and their friends is safe, warm and cozy—a wonderfully nurturing place to celebrate Christmas together. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The collaborators from You Are My I Love You (2001) reuse the initial verse from that volume ("I am your parent; you are my child. Read full book review >
LA LA ROSE by Satomi Ichikawa
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"This lush retelling of the familiar lost-and-found tale might have been improved un petit peu by a guide identifying the unique objets d'art and architecture to which its readers are treated, but it is a lovely peek at Paris, to be sure. (Picture book. 4-6)"
La La Rose, a stuffed rabbit, becomes separated from her "inseparable friend," young Clementine, during an outing to the famed Luxembourg Gardens of Paris. Read full book review >
MY PIG AMARILLO by Satomi Ichikawa
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"Sure to become a classic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A story of a young Guatemalan boy who loses his beloved pig is a masterpiece of picture-book making. Read full book review >
WHAT THE LITTLE FIR TREE WORE TO THE CHRISTMAS PARTY by Satomi Ichikawa
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Better pair this one with Eve Bunting's Night Tree (1991). (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Cinderella of fir trees meets her fairy godmother in this Christmas tale. Read full book review >
THE FIRST BEAR IN AFRICA! by Satomi Ichikawa
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A satisfying idea that will delight young children and a text that adults will not mind reading again, as they surely will be asked to do. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The African savanna is the setting for this lighthearted story about new experiences. Read full book review >
YOU ARE MY I LOVE YOU by Maryann K. Cusimano
Released: April 1, 2001

"Warmly reassuring, this tale is ideal for sharing with loved ones, big or small. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Newcomer Cusimano's tale is a celebration of the transcendent, loving bonds that exist between a parent and child. Read full book review >
TANYA AND THE RED SHOES by Patricia Lee Gauch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"Brava, Tanya—come back again for another encore. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Talented little Tanya is growing up, and she's starring now in her sixth story from collaborators Gauch and Ichikawa (Presenting Tanya the Ugly Duckling, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
TANYA STEPS OUT by Patricia Lee Gauch
FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"Tutu pinks and toe-shoe pastels are balanced with the greens and beiges of the animals, and the slightly goofy expressions on the faces of the human dancers keep the whole thing from becoming fluff. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 Tanya Steps Out ($13.95; Sept. 10, 1996; 10 pp.; 0-399-22936-1): French ballet terms can be daunting for children; while this book does not provide much help with pronunciations or exact translations, it compares ballet steps to animal movements. Read full book review >
TANYA AND EMILY IN A DANCE FOR TWO by Patricia Lee Gauch
FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1994

"An unusually appealing book with an unobtrusive message: Tanya may never match Emily's achievement, but when she shows her friend the playful side of their art, both are enriched. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
 The little girl first introduced in Dance, Tanya (1989) isn't the most talented member of her dance class, but she's the most exuberant; she dances always and everywhere, even in bed at night. Read full book review >
FICKLE BARBARA by Satomi Ichikawa
FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"The last (copyright) page discloses that the text here is by Patricia Lee Gauch; even if the idea is Ichikawa's, it would be more honest to credit Gauch, at least as coauthor, on the title page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 ``Ballerina Bear Barbara'' is one of many bears living in the room of a Parisian child. Read full book review >
BRAVO, TANYA by Patricia Lee Gauch
FICTION
Released: April 29, 1992

"A lovely, warm story about dancing, learning, and respecting one's own unique identity while adapting to an activity with established rules. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 The beguiling preschooler who won the right to go to dancing lessons with her big sister in Dance, Tanya (1989) discovers that the class poses an unexpected challenge: distracted by the teacher's claps and her loud counting voice, Tanya has trouble following the music. Read full book review >
NORA'S DUCK by Satomi Ichikawa
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"A good addition to the sensitivity-to-other-species collection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 In a loving tribute to the work of her English friend ``Doctor John,'' Ichikawa portrays the endearing child from Nora's Stars (1989) taking him an injured duckling she has found. Read full book review >