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"What a treasure trove of cultural information about Japan for kids!! This book is packed with activities and descriptions of geography, celebrations, everyday life, language and more. This interactive reference guide has so many great ideas that would be perfect for a Japan unit of study or to investigate different aspects of Japanese culture—a must have for libraries and schools looking for multicultural references." —Kid World Citizen blog

"All About Japan: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More is a wonderful introduction to Japan! It includes an astonishing amount of information considering it is a fairly thin book, including holidays for every month of the year! If you want to teach your children a unit about Japan, either as a homeschooler or an afterschooler, this book is an excellent place to start. The illustrations are very engaging and the book is full of interesting activities to accompany all of the information in the book." —Mama Smiles blog blog

"In this treasure-trove of information, two children, one a Tokyo urbanite and the other from a rural village, introduce readers to their country and its culture, including geography, language, traditional arts, costume, etiquette, sports, and festivals. The scope of this book is remarkably comprehensive, covering almost anything a child would want to know, from traditional folktales to contemporary video games and anime." —School Library Journal

"A book for families to treasure together. You'll dive into stories, try new crafts, play some games from Japan, learn Japanese songs…it's the next best thing to being there." —Japan Today

"Enjoy a fresh view of what makes Japan special." —Mizuhito Kanehara, Dean, University of Tokyo

"All about Japan is a pearl, a treasure among children's literature." —Bob on Booksblog

"A wonderful introduction to the culture, history, geography and language of Japan, this book packs it all in with recipes, stories, games and activities. If your child is studying about Japan either at home or at school, this one book can do it all!" —PragmaticMom.com blog

"This book helps us center our exploration of Japan. It shares traditional stories, holidays, life in the city as well as the country (told by children who live there), recipes, crafts, dance, music, poetry, and so much more. All About Japan is the perfect book for anyone who wants to learn more about Japan, its history, culture, etc." —Crafty Moms Share blog

About the Author

Willamarie Moore is currently the Head of School Programs and Resources at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She previously worked as the Manager of East Asian Programs at the Boston Children's Museum, where she was also the lead content developer for the award-winning exhibition Five Friends from Japan: Children in Japan Today. She has developed many educational materials about Japan, China and other countries. Willamarie lived, studied and worked in Japan for several years and returns as often as she can. She is the co-author of Japanese Traditions: Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and Matsuri, A Year of Seasonal Japanese Festivities, also available from Tuttle.

Kazumi Wilds has illustrated several children's books, including The Wakame Gatherers and Hajime in the North Woods. Her bright, vivid paintings make Japan come alive. She was born in Tokyo and attended The Women's College of Art there, where she majored in Japanese painting. She later taught elementary school in Tokyo before studying at the University of Minnesota. After living in Minnesota and New Mexico for a few years, Kazumi moved back to Japan, where she now lives in a small Japanese village with her two sons, a dog, and some cats. There, in the mountains of Shimane prefecture, she paints and teaches elementary school. See her work at wildskazumi-picturebook.jimdo.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 4
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (March 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805310774
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805310779
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Willamarie Moore lived, studied and worked in Japan for several years and returns whenever she can. Currently, she is the Head of School Programs and Teacher Resources at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She previously worked as the Manager of East Asian Programs at the Boston Children's Museum, where she was also the lead content developer for the award-winning exhibition "Five Friends From Japan: Children in Japan Today." She has developed many educational materials about Japan, China, and other cultures. Willamarie presents regularly at regional and national conferences for both museum and teaching professionals.

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This is a great book for introducing Japan and Japanese culture to children. Not only is it educational, but there are a lot of easy activities you can do. There are recipes for simple and traditional dishes. And There are activities for arts and crafts. The drawings are full of expression and they really compliment the stories. I got this book for my young nieces and cousins and all of them loved it. They loved the pictures, the stories, the activities and the songs. I think this book really sparked their interests in Japanese culture! Great book for children from cover to cover!
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My three grandchildren, 6,8, & 9, loved the book. We are planning for more craft days in the future.
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This is a great book to familiarize yourself with Japanese culture. If you don't know anything about Japanese culture, this book provides a great introduction. Teachers, if you want to make your classroom more multicultural, this book is a classroom must!!!
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All About Japan is a comprehensive guide for children about the culture of Japan. Cute illustrations and ideas for observing Japanese celebrations, including dance instructions for street dancing for Obon, very festive despite being a day for honoring dead ancestors. A good reference for elementary school teachers and leaders of Buddhist children's classes.
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This is the perfect book to explore the culture and life in Japan with a child. It is loaded with crafts, recipes, activities and more. It shares stories from a boy who lives in the country and a girl who lives in the city as well as old folktales. It is packed full of information and fun!
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I bought this book as the kindle version. I display it on my smart board for my Japan Unit. We sang Sakura and played it on Orff instruments. The stories about the different kids were interesting. The kids loved the colors and the maps!
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There is enough information in the book, so that it will appeal to interests of different children.
My grandson loves songs, hiragana and geography. He is seven years old and was able to read a lot of the information by him self.
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I needed to talk about Japanease celebrations at my son's school. It had many illustrations for little kids to see and get interested and brief explanations for each occasions.
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