A CARP FOR KIMIKO by Virginia Kroll

A CARP FOR KIMIKO

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Kimiko yearns for a carp-shaped kite to fly on Children's Day, like the one little brother Yukio has, but it's not the Japanese tradition: kites are for boys. When she tries, politely, to negotiate, her parents are firm--but not unsympathetic, especially Mama. It's true, as Kimiko says, that Yukio shared in the Doll Festival by coming to Kimiko's party; Mama, sighing, says, ``You remind me of the carp, Kimiko, always wanting to swim against the current,'' but agrees to ``bend'' tradition: she may unpack one of the dolls reserved for that festival. Better, once Children's Day is over, Kimiko gets a special gift: a live carp in an aquarium. Roundtree's illustrations are stolidly literal, her bright colors almost garish--an unfortunate choice for a gentle story distinguished by unusual warmth and subtlety. An upbeat but still bracing look at a culture in which children learn to accept tradition--and, like all children, to bargain within the constraints they're given. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-88106-412-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1993




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