Have you ever been to Tokyo, Japan? Far away, in the Pacific Ocean, Tokyo is a busy city of color, activity, celebrations, gigantic buildings, and much more. Seven-year-old Mimiko lives in Tokyo, and here you can follow a year’s worth of fun, food and festivities in Mimiko’s life, month by month. Learn the right way to put on a kimono and see Mimiko’s top ten favorite meals—just try not to eat the pages featuring delicious wagashi!
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.75(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.15(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Mari Takabayashi was born in Tokyo, Japan, and studied at Otsuma Women’s College. She illustrated Flannel Kisses and Marshmallow Kisses and is the author and illustrator of I Live in Brooklyn and I Live in Toyko. She lives with her husband and their two children in New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A delightful story explaining many customs and holidays in Japan, starting in January and ending in December. Young readers will find the illustrations and information interesting, although the story doesn't flow very well. This book could easily be read over several sessions.
I liked how this book incorporated the Japanese language into the text, without being too wordy or hard to understand. I also liked how the book was set up with a timeline, progressing from one month to the next so that readers had a quick view of a year in Tokyo. The text seems to be authentic and without stereotypes.
What a great picture book and story about a year in the life of a 7 year old Japanese girl. It is a wonderful addition to our library - one I'm sure our girls, who reside with us in Tokyo now, will enjoy for a long time.