MY FATHER’S SHOP by Satomi Ichikawa


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Age Range: 5 - 7
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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. Mustafa is bored and finally steals out to spend the day cloaked in a pretty little carpet with a hole in it. He meets up with a rooster who shares the colors in the carpet, and they attract a whole crowd of tourists. Soon everyone is telling each other how roosters make their sounds in each country: “Kho-kho-hou-hoûûû” in Morocco, “Co-co-ri-co” in France, “Qui-qui-ri-qui” in Spain, “Cock-a-doodle-doo” in England and “Koké-ko-kôôô” in Japan. Mustafa is proud of his ability to learn foreign languages and to bring new customers to his father’s shop. The vibrant watercolors are full of action and fun as the artist captures the many expressions on the faces of vendors and tourists. A joyous story that brings people from different cultures together. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-929132-99-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kane/Miller
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2006


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