K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet

K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet

by Gloria Whelan, Jennifer Nolan, Oki S. Han
     
 

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Judo, origami, sushi - with just a few words an immediate landscape is conjured: the country of Japan. In K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet, young readers are invited to travel to faraway Japan and explore its rich history, traditions, and role in today's world. Evocative artwork captures the spirit of each letter topic. O is for Origami A paper frog, a paper

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Judo, origami, sushi - with just a few words an immediate landscape is conjured: the country of Japan. In K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet, young readers are invited to travel to faraway Japan and explore its rich history, traditions, and role in today's world. Evocative artwork captures the spirit of each letter topic. O is for Origami A paper frog, a paper tree, a paper sunflower just for me, a paper fox, a paper shrew, a paper tiger just for you. From the comic relief of Kyogen theater to the meditative powers of a Zen garden, K is for Kabuki brings the past, present, and pageantry of Japan to life.To find recipes, games, interactives maps and much more for this title visit www.discovertheworldbooks.com! Gloria Whelan is the award-winning author of many children's books including Homeless Bird, for which she received the National Book Award. She lives in Michigan. A librarian by profession, Jenny Nolan has worked for The New Yorker and Rolling Stone magazines and as a researcher for investigative reporters. She lives in Michigan. Oki S. Han's book, Basho and the Fox, was a New York Times best-seller. Her books, Mr. Long Beard and My Hometown, both won the Korea Children's Book Award. In 2005 Oki was selected as Illustrator of the Year at the Bologna Children's Book Fair for My Hometown. She lives in Korea.

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Children's Literature - Miriam Chernick
One of several in Sleeping Bear Press's "Discover the World" series, this book focuses on Japan. Each letter of the alphabet captures a different aspect of Japanese history or culture. Short poems accompany full-page illustrations, while additional facts are included in the wide margins. While there are entries of well-known things Japanese such as the Bullet Train and Mount Fuji, I found the more general entries, such as an entry about lanterns which introduces various Japanese holidays to be more interesting. Intriguing facts such as that manga makes up 22% of all printed material in Japan, and that using quilted material for warmth started in Japan, add depth to the entries. However, it was confusing that the K entry was not actually kabuki, but rather kimono. Kids like matching the cover page with the inside of the book, so this might throw them off. (Kabuki is covered under D, for drama.) The illustrations are colorful and provide beautiful detail, particularly those with fabric. My favorite illustration is the painted scene of Ginza. Reviewer: Miriam Chernick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585364442
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
07/14/2009
Series:
Discover the World Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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