New York : Tuttle, 1998
IL K-3, RL 1.7
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, teacher)
Japan -- Social life and customs.
Japanese language materials -- Bilingual.