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Reynolds, Betty.
New York : Tuttle, 1998
IL K-3, RL 1.7
ISBN 0804838089
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This is the story of how three children become friends.  Keiko and Kenji are walking their dog when they meet Katie, an American girl, who is also walking her dog.  The Japanese sister and brother teach Katie a lot about Japanese culture.  There are beautiful watercolor illustrations of food, rooms, and celebrations.  There are more than one hundred words in the illustrations in both English and Japanese, so readers can easily learn new words.  Young readers will enjoy reading or listening to the story.  They may even enjoy saying the words of the things they see illustrated.  Older readers could use the book to get information for a project on Japan.

As Betty Reynolds says,

"Although Japan may be different
than where you come from
learning a new culture
can be so much fun"

As someone who has lived in Japan, I could see myself using this book to teach people about Japanese culture.  The author presents a lot of relevant information in a warm, entertaining way.  I recommend the book for anyone who wants to know more about Japan.  (Joel Harris,,  teacher)

SUBJECTS:     Japan -- Social life and customs.
                        Japanese language materials -- Bilingual.

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