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Suki's Kimono

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  491 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
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 w
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Kids Can Press (first published 2003)
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Jan 21, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asian-american
Having a strong-willed and self-possessed little girl of my own, I have to admire a kindred spirit when I see one in a book. In Suki’s Kimono, by Chieri Uegaki, Suki is choosing what to wear on the first day of first grade. Suki dismisses her sisters’ suggestion to wear something “cool” and chooses instead to wear something meaningful; a kimono and geta shoes that she wore on a special occasion with her grandmother.

At school, Suki remains calm, confident, and dignified as she was questioned and
Jul 09, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This book has wonderful illustrations and really helps to convey the charm and grace of Japanese culture and festivals. We lived in Japan for four years and got to participate in a club that played taiko drums and it was wonderful. Our girls were born there and we left when they were so young, they don't have any memories of that time, which makes me a little sad. I hope to bring them back to visit someday.

The narrative, however, just didn't ring true to me. Suki's sisters were a bit too snide a
Jan 15, 2010 Kathryn rated it liked it
Oh, dear--I seem to be in the minority who didn't LOVE this book... but I still thought it was nice, just a bit predictable and familiar in terms of theme. Suki wants to wear her kimono to school, even though her older sisters warn her she will be teased--but Suki's grandmother gave her the kimono and she loves it very much, especially since it reminds her of a beautiful festival they attended with lots of dancing. Suki is, indeed, snubbed and ridiculed for her kimono until she shows her dance t ...more
May 23, 2016 Ruel rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated and simply told story about Suki and her first day at school. She wears her kimono despite the warnings from her older sisters about her choice not being new or cool. Suki remembers the day she received the kimono from her obachan and how much fun they'd had.

She wears the kimono to school to remember, but also to celebrate that wonderful day in the past.
L13_F Sandra
Sep 18, 2013 L13_F Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mc-literature
First grader Suki had such a wonderful time with her obachan over the summer at a street festival, that she decides to wear her Japanese grandmother's present, a komono and geta, on her first day of school. Her sisters are embarrased by her outfit because it isn't "new" or "cool" but Suki doesn't seem to care what they think and keeps her outfit on anyway. At school Suki is teased and stared at by the other students, but she ignores them. Then in class, the teacher asks her what she did over the ...more
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Summary: It is about a young girl who chooses to wear her kimono on her first day of first grade. Her sisters make fun of her, and tell her not to do it, but she wants to anyway. The story explains how she got the kimono. You learn that her grandmother spent the day with her at a festival. She danced and ate wonderful food, and then her grandmother purchased her a pink handkerchief. She wanted to wear the kimono, because it was her favorite day
Mar 16, 2011 Candice rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
This is a very good story with a character you can't help but love. Suki wants to wear her new kimono, a gift from her obachan (grandmother), on the first day of school. Her older sisters warn her that the other kids will laugh at her, as they choose some "cool" new clothes to wear and distance themselves from this embarrassing little sister on their walk to school. Some of the other first-graders do make fun of her kimono, but when everyone in the class is asked to talk about what they did over ...more
Jan 22, 2012 L12_sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: mc-lit, picture-books
When Suki starts school, she insists on wearing the kimono that her grandmother brought her over the summer, even though her sisters warn her that everyone will make fun of her. Suki does not care because the kimono is her favorite thing to wear because it reminds her of all of the traditional Japanese activities she and her grandmother did over the summer, eating in the market, dancing in a circle dance, and watching the taiko drummers perform. Sure enough, the kids at school make fun of Suki's ...more
Dec 30, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
It is the first day of school. Suki is wearing the kimono that her obachan gave her. Her sisters think that she should wear new clothes and that others will laugh at her. But Suki loves her kimono and it reminds her of the wonderful festival she had attended with her obachan. Suki floats along to school, feeling happy and loving the way her kimono fits. Once she arrives at school, other kids do giggle and look at her funny...but it doesn't take long for her to show them how wonderful the kimono ...more
Lindsay Niebuhr
May 27, 2017 Lindsay Niebuhr rated it really liked it
Spunky little Suki wears her favorite kimono on her first day back to school. A gift from her grandma, it holds special memories of her grandmother’s visit last summer. Initially her classmates laugh at her, but Suki soon wins them over by telling them about the street festival she attended with her grandmother and doing a dance for them all.
Lauren Keaney
Feb 23, 2016 Lauren Keaney rated it really liked it
Summary: It is Suki's first say back to school and she wants to wear the kimono that her grandmother gave her. Her sisters tell her not to wear it because people will think it's weird. But Suki doesn't care and she wears it to school anyways. When she gets to school, many of the kids make fun of her for her kimono. And when her new teacher asks her in front of the class what she did over the summer, Suki proceeds to reenact the dance that she and her grandmother did over the summer during their ...more
Jul 18, 2010 S10_Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian-american
Suki's Kimono follows Suki on her first day of school. While her sisters are excited to show off their new clothes for their friends, Suki is going to wear the kimono she wore while at an Asian festival with her grandmother. She thinks its awesome and proud of her heritage, but her sisters think she'll be made fun of and pretend not to know her as they walk to school. And when she gets to school, Suki is either teased or ridiculed for her outfit, aside from her friend Penny. During show and tell ...more
Oct 16, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Suki's Kimono is about a young girl named Suki who's proud to wear her Kimono that her grandmother gave to her during her visit over the summer. During the summer visit, her grandma took her to a street festival that was filled with different vendors and dancing that represented their heritage. Though her sisters and classmates laughed and stared at her for wearing the kimono, Suki paid no mind to them as she embraced the culture that her grandma helped her to be so proud of. At the end of the d ...more
Nov 07, 2009 SallySnowtiger rated it it was amazing
Suki’s Kimono
Picture book: Different Culture
Grades K-4

Stéphanie Jorisch uses an abstract, sketched illustrating style and effectively captures emotional expression on the characters' faces. The use of soft colors rendered in faded watercolor draw attention to the use of the brighter repetition of blue and yellow symbolizing Suki’s kimono. Chieri Uegaki tells the story in short paragraphs, written in a simple yet descriptive way. Scenes from Suki’s happy memories of the day she went to a Japanese
Erica Pak
Summary: Suki's Kimono is a book written by Chieri Uegaki, and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch. Suki is a first grader who goes to her first day of school in her blue kimono. Her sister's try to talk her way out of it, but she remains persistent. All day she is made fun of for being "different" and dressing up funny, but Suki is not bothered by their nasty comments and remarks. Her teacher asks the class what they did over the summer and Suki tells her story about her kimono.Her Obachan (grandma ...more
Michelle Cummings
Summary: Suki’s Kimono, by Chieri Uegaki, is a great book about a girl named Suki who chooses to wear her kimono to class on the first day of school instead of wearing something new and cool to try and fit in. Suki’s sisters were embarrassed by Suki’s kimono and tried to convince her to wear something else so that the other kids didn’t think she was weird. Suki did not listen to her sisters and ignored other children when they laughed and stared at her. When it is time to share with her class ab ...more
Lisa Leland
Reading level: 3.8

Book Summary: This wonderfully illustrated book tells a story of a girl named Suki who's favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. It is a gift from her obachan, and holds special memories of her grandmother’s visit last summer. Follow along in this lovely story about a spunky girl determined to to wear the special kimono on her first day back to school, no matter what anyone says.

Characteristics that support the genre: Realistic Fiction, Theme/Subject, Elementary School
Amy Chong
Oct 18, 2016 Amy Chong rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Suki who wants to wear her kimono to school. Despite her classmates telling her that "people will think it's weird", Suki is determined to wear it. Her kimono reminds her of her grandma and all the cool things they did together when they wore their kimonos. This was a very sweet book of a proud girl who was daring to be different. This book goes with my topic because it shows how students with different cultural backgrounds are made to feel different from the norm ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clothing
This narrative tells about the Japanese culture from the perspective of a child. Suki’s feeling of self-satisfaction came after she took steps to proudly share her heritage to her classmates. The author Chieri Uegaki identifies with the Japanese culture, because she is a second generation Japanese-Canadian. She captures the clothing and celebrations that is described by a little girl (Suki) ignoring criticism from her classmates about what she wears. The setting takes place in the classroom. As ...more
Anna Frame
Feb 23, 2015 Anna Frame rated it it was amazing
Personal Reaction- I really liked this book because the story was not what I expected after reading the title and I also think that it has a wonderful message that should be shared with students at a young age. The message is to not care about what other people think of you and I think that is a lesson that is best to be learned when young.

Read aloud to 1st grade students for several purposes
-enrichment and enjoyment of the story itself. Suki is confident and excited to share something
Melynda Moore
Feb 07, 2013 Melynda Moore rated it really liked it
What: This book is about a young girl who after spending time with her Grandmother wants to wear the kimono that she gave her to school. Suki's siblings begged her not to wear it saying that people would think that she is weird. Suki didn't care, and she wore it to school. She was made fun of and poked at until it was her turn to go in front of the class and share her story. She told about her time visiting her Grandmother. Afterwards, everyone thought that her kimono was just as awesome as she ...more
Suki truly enjoyed her summer when her grandmother came for a visit and brought her first kimono from Japan. Together they went to a Japanese festival and enjoyed traditional Japanese food, music and dancing. Suki even got a change to dance a circle dance with her grandmother.

When school starts up in the fall, Suki wants to wear her new kimono for the first day of school. Her sisters think she should get new, cool clothes, or that she will be laughed at. Suki insists on wearing her kimono. She i
Jul 28, 2012 Allen rated it it was amazing
Suki's Kimono is the story of a little girl who receives a kimono from her grandmother over the summer and attends a special cultural festival. She loves the kimono so much that she decides to wear it on her first day of school. Her sisters try and talk her out of wearing it telling her that she should try to wear something more "normal", but Suki is not persuaded. When Suki gets to school she gets laughed at and teased for being different. In class when asked what she did over the summer she re ...more
Taylor Anderson
This is a sweet story about a girl who is reminiscing on special memories from summer break. She gets carried away and begins to sing and dance in front of her new class, all the while wearing a special gift from her grandmother: a blue kimono. Suki's Kimono fits into the multicultural literature category because it teaches students about Japanese cultures and customs.

A mentor writing trait found in this book is idea, because the main message is to be true to who you are and not worry about wha
Michael Ho
Oct 11, 2015 Michael Ho rated it really liked it
In Suki's Kimono, Suki is a girl from Japan that wants to wear her kimono on her first day of school. Her sister and classmates tease her, but nothing bothers her because it's a gift from her grandmother. I love the illustrations used in this book because it's bright and it shows Suki's character. "Look, now she's dancing." someone said. But Suki didn't hear." This quote shows that she wasn't ashamed of who she was. She remembered when she used to dance at a festival in Japan. She brought her cu ...more
Dec 27, 2007 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
On her first day of school, all Suki wants to do is wear the new kimono her obachan (grandmother) has bought her over the summer. Not affected by her sisters comments or her classmates snickers, Suki not only wears the kimono but performs a traditional circle dance in front of the class. The story brings up many themes worth dicussing with children such as cultural traditions, acceptance and relationships with grandparents.

The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and complement the story perfec
Apr 26, 2013 Rene rated it really liked it
This book is charming, beautiful and completely genuine. I loved it immediately because Suki is determined and has her mind made up - brave and imaginitive but steadfast in what is meangingful to her and clear about why. She weathers the comments and curiosity of her classmates and wears her kimono on the outside as proudly and completely as she wears her Japanese heritage on the inside. She owns it - and in sharing it with her classmates she opens herself to the world. She does not apologize, s ...more
Ladeja Slaughter
Oct 11, 2015 Ladeja Slaughter rated it it was amazing
The illustrations in this book are absolutely amazing. They are bright, bold, colorful and really help tell the story, I love the message this story sends, which is never let what people think of you, stop you from being yourself and that standing out is always better than simply just fitting in. Suki's sisters wanted her to not dress traditionally on her first day of school but rather "new" and "cool" but Suki "didn't care for new, didn't care for cool. She just wanted to wear her favorite thin ...more
Suki marches to the beat of a different drummer, and she is proud of it. She loves the new blue kimono and shiny red geta (shoes) that her obachan (grandmother) brought her. Suki is excited about wearing her new outfit on the first day of school. Even though her sisters, Mari and Yumi try to talk her out of wearing the brightly colored kimono, she is swollen with pride at the ancestral meaning. Suki ignores the snickers and comments her classmates say loudly behind her back. When it is Suki’s tu ...more
Jan 18, 2017 Sarah rated it really liked it

I read this one while browsing the shelves of the children's books at my local library. I don't have any need to check these short books out, since I have no children to take them home to/any to read to at night.

I'm all for a author/book/character that introduces the idea of expressing individuality/other cultures/diversity to a child/children. I thought this was a very simple and effective way of teaching children that it's okay to want to show a different culture to your fellow peers. Suki st
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