Review: Suki’s Kimono

Suki's KimonoSuki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki

Kids Can Press (2005)

ISBN 9781553377528

This book is charming, beautiful and completely genuine. I loved Suki’s determination, as she has her mind made up – brave and imaginitive but steadfast in what is meangingful to her and clear about why. She weathers the comments and curiosity of her classmates and wears her kimono on the outside as proudly and completely as she wears her Japanese heritage on the inside. She owns it – and in sharing it with her classmates she opens herself to the world. She does not apologize, she does not gloat, she does not falter even when her older sisters beg her not to wear it to school to avoid possible ridicule. Suki’s Kimono is a refreshing reminder to all of us that we should walk tall and share our diversity so that others can join in the dance. Love, love, love this book!

Quantitative: Lexile Level: 690; ATOS 3.9

Qualitative: Lower Grade (K-3).

Content Area: Social Science – Japanese-American

Common Core Standards: SL.2.1; RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.6

Additional/Digital Content:

Kids web Japan: Kimonos and other fun stuff

Awards:  Blue Spruce Award/Nominee; Shining Willow Award/Nominee; IRA’s Teachers’ Choice Award

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