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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Yoko
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142311955X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423119555
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 Wells's adorable Japanese-American kitten introduced in Yoko (1998) and Yoko Writes Her Name (2008, both Hyperion) continues to share her Japanese heritage with her classmates in this culturally realistic and touching picture book. Yoko receives an antique doll dressed in a kimono from her Japanese grandparents with instructions to care for it until Girl's Day, a holiday that celebrates dolls and daughters. In her eagerness to share this special holiday with her classmates, Yoko, against her mother's explicit instructions, takes the doll to school for show-and-tell where it gets tossed back and forth in a game of keep-away on the bus. Yoko is heartsick over its destruction and realizes that she was wrong to take it to school. Her mother's calm reassurance that she loves Yoko even though she made a mistake is a heartwarming message. Wells's charming cut-paper collage illustrations are full of Asian decorations and patterns, including a Shoji screen, low tables, and beautiful kimonos. The Japanese terms for grandmother and grandfather are deftly introduced into the simple, conversational text. Children will identify with Yoko's excitement and heartbreak over having something special ruined. Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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Yoko may be a Japanese kitty, but once again she is Everychild in a story that will remind readers of their own impulses and emotions. In anticipation of her grandparents' visit, Yoko receives an antique doll named Miki. Girls' Day, complete with a doll festival, is a Japanese holiday, and Yoko thinks she should bring Miki to Show-and-Tell to help explain it. Her mother says no “in her Big No voice.” Kids will anticipate the rest: Yoko takes Miki to school anyway, and the doll is tossed around until she breaks. In a heartrending scene, Yoko must confess to her mother. Then it's on to the doll hospital, where Miki is fixed so well, even Grandmother can't tell the difference. The thoughtful depictions are simply rendered but pack a wallop: the horror and helplessness on Yoko's face as Miki is thrown about, the relief that an impulsive act hasn't led to permanent damage. Relatable story, endearing characters, and oh, those kimonos! Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJH on November 9, 2012
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Rented this from the library and decided to purchase to own! It is a wonderful story with the best pictures. I adore this book.
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My 5 year old brought this book home from her school's library. I read it to her tonight and we both loved it. We will definitely be getting Yoko's books for our home. My daughter was able to read some of the words. She loves reading books that has something to do with Japan. I actually had her when we lived there, but left when she was 2.5 months old to come back to the states. She is interested in learning more about Girls' Day now also. We may have to get her her own little Miki. She loved that it had Obaasan and ojiisan in it, those are 2 words that she does know.

This is from my 5 yr old, she likes helping write the reviews for her books:

"I didn't like the Franks, they were naughty and mean. I really liked the Miki, the doll and want my mommy to teach me about Girls' Day."
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By Ruth M. Hochman on June 4, 2014
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Really found this book enjoyable to read to my grand daughter (age 3;5) - beautiful illustrations and many interesting, 'side bars' that spawned discussion about cultural differences, etc. What I liked the MOST was the message; Yoko wants to take a treasured doll to school for show and tell. Her mother cautions against it given the fragility of the doll, so, Yoko, sneaks the doll into her backpack and takes it school despite her mother's warnings. Let me just say, there were, 'consequences' and Yoko regretted having not listened to her mother. But, mom fixes the damage, but, I think Yoko (and my grand daughter) learned something about the advisability of listening to a loving and trusted adult's warnings.
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By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2013
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SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE..... OK, Yoko is cute. SO CUTE! & I love when Yoko says: "do you still love me?" AWWWWWWW
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Wietek on August 20, 2011
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Not our favorite Yoko book, but a nice addition to the series. Beautifully drawn, with a thoughtful storyline. Nice introduction into Japanese culture.
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More About the Author

Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York. "Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

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