Suki's Kimono

Chieri Uegaki
Stéphane Jorisch

Suki's favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother's visit last summer. And Suki is going to wear it on her first day back to school --- no matter what anyone says.

When it's Suki's turn to share with her classmates what she did during the summer, she tells them about the street festival she attended with her obachan and the circle dance that they took part in. In fact, she gets so carried away reminiscing that she's soon humming the music and dancing away, much to the delight of her entire class!

Filled with gentle enthusiasm and a touch of whimsy, Suki's Kimono is the joyful story of a little girl whose spirit leads her to march --- and dance --- to her own drumbeat.

978-1-55337-752-8 | Sep 1, 2005
List Price: USD $8.99, CAD $8.99
4-color 8 x 10 7/8 32 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 3 / Ages: 4 to 8
978-1-55453-850-8 | Jul 4, 2013
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

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Awards & Reviews

“A wonderful story about being yourself, with the added bonus of teaching readers a little about Japanese culture.”
— Kirkus Reviews, October 2003
“Uegaki's first picture book is a joyful tribute to a little girl's inner and outer sense of style. Uegaki conveys Suki's determination to honour her grandmother and remember a favourite day with language as colourful as the all-important kimono. Suki's Kimono successfully achieves that delicate balance between plot, language, illustration, and design that is so critical when creating memorable picture books.”
— Quill & Quire, Starred Review, October 2003
“The title character in the appealing story is a free spirit who wavers only briefly in her dedication to her own feelings.”
— The New York Times, November 2003
“The story, written for ages four through eight, rings true on many levels.”
— ForeWord Magazine, January 2004
“A fine choice for multicultural units as well as youngsters dealing with differences. Suki's story will appeal to other independent-thinking girls as well.”
— Booklist, November 2003
“An absolutely delightful tale ...”
— Asian Week, November 2003
“Overall, this is an appealing story of courage and independence.”
— School Library Journal, December 2003
“Jorisch's watercolours creations capture the spunk of the free-thinking Suki.”
— Montreal Review of Books, November 2003
2005 - Chocolate Lily Award, Short-listed
2005 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2004 - Mr. Christie Book Award, Runner-up
2004 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Runner-up
2004 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, Short-listed
2004 - Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, Short-listed
2004 - Children's Book Award Notable Book, International Reading Association, Winner
2004 - Book of the Year - Bronze Medal, ForeWord Magazine, Winner

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