KONNICHIWA! by Tricia Brown

KONNICHIWA!

I Am a Japanese-American Girl
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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Lauren Kamiya and her charming Japanese-American family prepare for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco in this photo essay. Brown (Hello, Amigos!, 1992, etc.) captures the excitement of the events and documents Lauren's daily activities: visiting the futon or the bonsai store; admiring ikebana, a kind of flower arrangement; and sampling sushi and O-cha, or green tea. Lauren learns traditional dances and Japanese culture and cooking from her school and grandmothers; finally, in full costume Lauren and other females in her family join the parade to welcome spring. While full-color photos appear on every page, some are small and difficult to interpret (e.g., the book and futon stores, the ikebana display), and so fail to convey much information. Further, Brown doesn't establish the book's San Francisco locale until the third page, following a picture of Japanese-style architecture and confusing references to Japan. Nevertheless, a good deal is packed into this useful first look at a small part of Japanese-American culture. (glossary, further reading) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-8050-2353-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1995




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