I Live in Tokyo

School Library Journal: K-Gr 2-Seven-year-old Mimiko leads readers through a year highlighting the festivals, activities, food, and her family’s daily routine. The name of each month is written along the left border in phonetic Japanese, English, and Kanji (Chinese characters used in Japanese writing). January begins with oshogatsu, a New Year celebration. The illustration depicts the family having a special meal, and various holiday items. The facing page is about calligraphy, or shodo. The illustration shows mother and daughter practicing their brushwork (January 2nd is said to be perfect for writing), as well as the Japanese zodiac, and a racket used for Japanese badminton, which seems out of place. Other festivals included are setsubun, celebrated the day before the first day of spring (February 3rd); the Bon Festival in July; and school field day (undokai) in October. Readers learn that Valentine’s Day is celebrated, and although Christmas is not, Mimiko observes the tradition of decorating a tree. The last page lists the months again, with a pronunciation guide, as well as common words and phrases. This book’s gentle, childlike watercolor illustrations capture an array of special and mundane events in one youngster’s life. An appealing browsing item rather than fodder for reports. DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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