Title: Suki’s KimonoWritten by: Chieri UegakiIllustrated by: Stéphanie JorischKids Can Press, 2003, FictionSuitable for ages: 3-8Themes/Topics: celebrating individuality, determination, cultural awareness, tolerance, acceptance Brief Synopsis: Suki’s decided to wear her kimono, a gift from her grandmother, on the first day of school. Although her sisters did not want her to, Suki wears it anyway. On her way to school the kids laughed at her, but Suki’s kimono helps her relive those happy summer memories of her Japanese grandmother’s visit and all the things they did together. Her classmates also laugh and tease her but when it’s her turn to share what she did over summer break, Suki’s enthusiasm and joy is mesmerizing. Opening pages: “On the first day of school, suki wanted to wear her kimono. Her sisters did not approve. “You can’t wear that,” said Mari. “People will think you’re weird.”“You can’t wear that,” said Yumi. “Everyone will laugh, and no one will play with you,’’ said Yumi.‘’You need something new, Suki.” You need something cool.’’ Why I like this book: Suki demonstrates her individuality by choosing to wear a kimomo to school even when her sisters disapprove and warn her it may be an unpopular choice. The dialog between Suki and a girl on the playground who asks her about her “funny’’ clothing and Suki ‘s explanation shows that it’s okay to question as long as you are open to understanding another’s opinion. Suki is delighted to both show and tell her classmates about the summer spent with her Japanese grandmother. Suki’s teacher and the classmates realize wearing the kimono helps her recreate those happy summer memories. And from Suki we learn that despite being laughed at or teased for doing something different, sometimes it just doesn’t matter.
10 thoughts on “Suki’s Kimono”
This sounds interesting and beautiful. Thanks. I hope I can find it.
I like how Suki is proud of her heritage! Lovely book cover. Have this on my library book list!
Bravo for Suki! What a great story! Thanks for sharing!
Glad you stopped by rhythm.
A kimono is definitely cooler than wearing an Iron Man costume on the first day, which is what my preschooler chose. I’m glad Suki decided to be herself. This looks like a great book.
A must read for all Iron Man costume wearing kids to show they are not alone. Kirsten, sounds like Your kid is the kind I loved to teach. 🙂
I love that she’s willing to be herself in spite of what the others say! Good for Suki 🙂 This sounds like a lovely book, Keila – thanks for sharing! 🙂
Most welcome Susanna. Thanks for stopping by. A good read for those independent thinkers. 🙂
Such a beautiful story. I’ve not seen this book, but I love a strong protagonist who is sure of herself. And, I love mulitcultural stories.
Me too Patricia!