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Suki's Kimono

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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...more
Hardcover, 29 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Kids Can Press (first published 2003)
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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...more
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
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...more
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
Jul 09, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Mar 16, 2011 Candice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
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
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
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...more
Melynda Moore
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'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
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...more
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.
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...more
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
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
Suki wants to wear her kimono to school. Her sisters tell her people will think she's weird. Suki doesn't care.

A fun book to talk about the value of being your honest self.
Karin Gallian
This book teaches students how to be themselves, accept others for who they are, and brings in traditions of the Japanese culture through Suki and the relationship with her Obachon.
Katie Williams
This story is about a girl name Suki who decides to wear her kimono on the first day of school. As the story is based in present day America, her sisters make fun of her for her outfit choice. Suki worries about the possibility of being teased at school but decides to be herself anyway. In the end, her class loved her kimono and the story behind it. A cute story to read on the first day of school and open up a community in the classroom. Each student could stand up, introduce themselves, and tal...more
Dijon Chiasson
Suki's Kimono is a great story about honouring your heritage, even if it means standing out.
Andrew Perry
Suki's Kimono is a fiction book about a young girl named Suki who wants to wear her kimono on the first day of school. Her older sisters warn her she will get made fun of but Suki does not care. When Suki introduces herself to her first grade class she tells them all about her kimono and how her grandmother got it for her at a Japanese festival over the summer and she demonstrates the dances from the festival. The whole class loves Suki's story and her Kimono. This book is an example of how seco...more
Clair Jackson
Multicultural Children's Book and ebook

Suki's Kimono is a really cute story of a young girl being proud of who she is and not being ashamed to wear what she want, no matter what anyone may say or think. Suki learns that being original and true to yourself will make you much happier than following the crowd. The artistic elements in this book absolutely beautiful because the illustrator uses watercolors that work well with the story. This multicultural book could be used to teach children about t...more
Karelle Royal
I love this book! This is a story about a little girl who dares to be different and decides to wear her special kimono to school despite the potential for mockery.
Great book to teach about self-confidence, daring to be different, celebrating uniqueness.
S/S: can be used to teach about the Japanese culture.Can have students research their own cultures/families and do a presentation for the class.
Art: can have students draw a picture of something from their or their parents culture.
Good to use to t...more
Great story about being true to your self, no matter what. Appreciate that the author doesn't dance around the fact that it's not always easy to be unique.
Linh Tong
Suki was proud of the kimono that her grandmother gave her. She wore it on the first day of school, but her classmates made fun of her. She then told the class about the cultural festival and about her grandmother. The class then appreciated Suki's culture because they see how important it is for her. This encourages students to be themselves. After reading this book, students can bring in an object that relates to their culture. They will then talk about the object and why its important to them...more
This story is a bout a girl named Suki. Suki got a new Kimono and rather than wearing the new hip clothes to her first day of school she wears her Kimono. Suki runs into rough patches at school but in the end she is celebrated for wearing her Kimono. This story doesn't delve very deep into culture but I'd say it is a good book for celebrating differences and confidence in being different.

-Read Aloud -Multicultural studies -Compare yourself to the character
Amanda Kerfeld
Suki's Kimono is a book about a Japanese girl who shared with the rest of her class about a street dance that she had attended the weekend before. She gets carried away with herself and ends up singing and dancing in front of the whole class. This book is great to teach students about other cultures and what other cultures may do to celebrate things and about the clothing of other cultures.
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