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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
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Hardcover, 29 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Kids Can Press (first published 2003)
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Elizabeth
Jan 24, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kathryn
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
L13_F Sandra
Oct 04, 2013 L13_F Sandra rated it really liked it
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
528_Kristin
I read this book and listened to it on Tumblebooks:
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
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L12_sarah
Jan 22, 2012 L12_sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dolly
Jul 09, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
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
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Candice
Mar 16, 2011 Candice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lauren Keaney
Feb 24, 2016 Lauren Keaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Anna Frame
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.

Purposes:
Read aloud to 1st grade students for several purposes
-enrichment and enjoyment of the story itself. Suki is confident and excited to share something
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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
Michael Ho
Oct 11, 2015 Michael Ho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Ladeja Slaughter
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
Olivia Lagore
A charming story about Suki, who wants nothing more than to wear the kimono her obachan gave her over the summer. Despite her sisters' warnings and her classmates' teasing, Suki manages to win everyone over be recalling her fond memories of the time spent in her kimono and by doing a special dance she did with her obachan. Suki's Kimono is a story about a young girl who isn't afraid to be a little different; filled with bright illustrations, the author uses flashbacks and subtle repetition to cr ...more
Linda
This is a pretty book and a sweet story about a young girl who won’t give up the idea of wearing the kimono and sandals her Obachan gave her during her summer visit. Even through older sibling and classmate teasing, Suki holds to her love, that special outfit from her dear grandmother. It’s a story about knowing what one wants, despite outside pressures, and sticking to it. I’d love to see others sharing this with their young students and having a good conversation about Suki’s choices.
SallySnowtiger
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
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S10_Matthew
Jul 18, 2010 S10_Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gina
Oct 22, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Melanie
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
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McKinzie Elton
This picture book is about a first grader named Suki who decides to wear the kimono that her grandmother gave her to her first day of school. Her sisters are embarrassed to be seen with her, and kids at school laugh and make fun of her because of what she is wearing. Through it all, Suki stays true to herself and ends up being admired for her uniqueness. This book could be used in Kindergarten to talk about relationships to others and how we are alike and different as people and in first grade t ...more
Melynda Moore
Feb 18, 2013 Melynda Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Allen
Jul 28, 2012 Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan
Sep 20, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, storybook
An awesome little girl featured in an awesome story. Things to like:
-Suki has a mind of her own
-Suki's mother supports Suki's independence
-Suki's teacher supports Suki's indepence
-(spoiler!) Suki wins out over the bullies but doing nothing except hold on to her Self and being her Self
-the book gives a light introduction to Japanese-American culture
-the book features a girl for a hero - one that is smart and strong-willed
-the book features a person of Japanese heritage as the main character
-the i
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Sandy Brehl
Suki's utter confidence in her own choices and her sense of self contrast with her older siblings' concerns about "looking right" for school. Perfect for young readers, but also worth sharing and discussing with older readers. The sly twist on the last page is priceless.
Victoria Laporte
Uegaki,C.(2003). Suki's Kimono. New York,NY: Kids Can Press Ltd.

Category: Family Life
Subgroup: Japan
Genre: Fiction
Topics: Clothing, first day of school

Synopsis: This book is about a girl named Suki whose grandmother gives her a kimono over the summer. Suki decides to wear the kimono on her first day of school even though her sisters told her everyone would tease her. When she arrives at school her teacher asks the class to introduce themselves and tell each other what they did over the summer. A
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Carolyn Wilhelm
Very nicely written, child centered story, about one family and different views of country of origin. Suki wants to wear a kimono to school in America. Her older sisters are embarrassed, but Suki has fun.
Jaclyn
Dec 28, 2007 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing
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
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Rene
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
Jackie
Feb 03, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it
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
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