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Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
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Dec 08, 11

Read in December, 2011

1. Genre: others junior books, realistic fiction

2. Summary: The story of Japanese American girl names Katie and her older sister Lynn who taught Katie her very first word, "kira-kira." This is the story of Katie and her family struggling to fit in in the American south. This is a story full of friendship and love and how both things can get sisters through anything even tragedy.

3. Critique:

a.) The strongest part of this book is the theme of family and love and how both can conquer anything.

b.) The story is told by six year old, Katie but throughout the story we also get glimpses into the life of her older sister Lynn through her journal entries.

c.) Lynn and Katie's connection of friendship, love, and family is so incredibly strong throughout this story. When Katie is sick, Lynn sits by her bed feeding her rice and liver every day and when the girls are attacked by dogs, Lynn saves Katie's life. Katie looks up to her older sister so much you can't help but feel love towards these girls and their relationship.

4. Curriculum Connection: This would be a great book for the older elementary kids, 5th and 6th graders, and early middle school. You could use this book as a social studies lesson and teach the students about Japenese American culture and immigration.
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