by Chieri Segaki with pictures by Stéphane Jorisch
I bought this books years ago for my niece and it’s always been in my mind for my own kids. I was so excited to share it with them!
It’s Suki’s first day of school and she insists on wearing her blue cotton kimono that her obāchan (grandmother) gave her. Her sister’s think she should wear something ‘cool’ but Suki doesn’t care about cool.
She loves the kimono because it reminds her of her obāchan and the summer festival they went to (another book about the Obon festival). Suki had the best day with her grandmother: they slurped bowls of slippery sōmen noodles, had shaved ice and red bean sauce, and watched taiko drummers. Suki even learned the fan dance alongside her obāchan which she shows to her class.
Suki shows to us that you should always follow your heart and not worry what others might think. This is such a sweet story about a precious relationship, culture and staying true to who you are.
Chieri Uegaki’s other books are also wonderful and lovely – perfect for seeing Japanese culture: Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin and Ojichan’s Gift