Chopsticks from America

Chopsticks from America

by Elaine Hosozawa-Nagano, Masayuki Miyata

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Virtuosic artwork (Miyata is a master of a traditional Japanese style called Kiri-e) can't lift this bloated story off the runway. In following two Japanese American children in their often difficult adjustment to a new home in a Tokyo suburb, the book presents a fairly accurate portrait of kiddie culture shock, as well as an interesting child's-eye view of Japan. However, it is overwritten and far too lengthy for the picture book format it embraces. Eleven-year-old Tiffany, the older sister who serves as narrator, at times affects a Valley Girl whine ("I felt stressed!") but often seems a thinly disguised mouthpiece for the author's advice on settling into new surroundings; she never quite coalesces as a character. The illustrations-highly stylized, boldly colored illustrations that have the look of woodcuts-are a redeeming feature, but are no substitute for a compelling story. All ages. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-Tiffany, 11, describes her Japanese-American family's move to Japan. She and her younger brother are concerned at first but adapt fairly well to their new home, despite the loss of a favorite stuffed animal. There is a rather long, pointless episode in which the family tries to select a real dog for a pet; this is stylistically jarring in context, though a pleasant break in a rather monotonous narrative. Tiffany's earnest sophistication, vocabulary, diction, and sensibilities make Kay Thompson's Eloise seem simple and provincial by comparison. Miyata's bright paper-cut appliqu illustrations (Kiri-e) are imitative of modern woodblock prints, though they have a closer affinity to greeting cards. Though overly stylized, they are not without merit. Peculiarities include people having no pupils in their eyes, while animals do; those who wear glasses have no eyes whatsoever.-John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library

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Polychrome Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
11.22(w) x 11.24(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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