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Coco-Chan's Kimono
     

Coco-Chan's Kimono

by Kumiko Sudo
 

Inspired by the author’s childhood memories of the Japanese countryside, this entrancing picture book, illustrated with beautiful watercolor drawings, tells the story of Coco-Chan, who must wait patiently for her mother to finish sewing her new kimono. As Mama stitches away, Coco-Chan’s attention skips to a dragonfly at the window who beckons her

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Inspired by the author’s childhood memories of the Japanese countryside, this entrancing picture book, illustrated with beautiful watercolor drawings, tells the story of Coco-Chan, who must wait patiently for her mother to finish sewing her new kimono. As Mama stitches away, Coco-Chan’s attention skips to a dragonfly at the window who beckons her outside. Stepping into the garden, Coco-Chan discovers a wonderful world where she is able to chat with the bugs and beetles among the flowers. Immediately engaging to young children, this delightful tale of a kimono literally coming to life will inspire boys and girls to seek a world of wonder just outside their doors. Quilting and fabric enthusiasts will love the beautiful kimono designs that inspired the story. Fun for kids, the book also includes a simple pattern for a cut-and-fold paper kimono.

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Children's Literature - Cheryl Williams Chang
Coco Chan must try to wait patiently as her mama sews her new kimono. She folds paper cranes, takes a nap, and wanders into her garden. There she finds magical creatures and insects awaiting her. She makes tea for all of her little friends. To pass time, Coco Chan tries to fly and then decides to meditate. When she is roused from meditation, it is time to head home. Her mother is waiting for Coco Chan with an elegant, colorful kimono. This beautifully illustrated picture book offers gorgeous colors and lyrical text. Each illustration of Coco Chan shows her wearing a different kimono, as though she is imagining herself in different possible dresses. Children will enjoy having this book read to them and looking at the fantastic colors on each page. There are two sections to this book. There is the story and then there is a tutorial explaining how to make an origami kimono. A photograph accompanies each fold of the paper kimono. This story will fit nicely in a geography, social studies, and/or elementary school library. Reviewer: Cheryl Williams Chang

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933308265
Publisher:
Breckling Press
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Kumiko Sudo is an internationally acclaimed quilt and fiber artist, as well as an accomplished watercolor artist. Her work is featured in public and private collections throughout the United States, including the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City. She is the author of several books, including Flower Origami, Kake Jiku, and Omiyage. She lives in San Diego, California.

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