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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  819 ratings  ·  163 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 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
Cute story of a girl who does her own thing, and shows her conviction and her love for her grandmother on her first day of grade one. Lovely illustrations accompany the story.
Jul 09, 2012 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 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 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.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so in awe of mom for letting Suki wear her favorite outfit to the first day of school. Kimono are to be enjoyed, not left to collect wrinkles and moths. After all, it's not like Suki is going to roll around in the dirt or do finger-painting in it. The other children are meaner than most first-graders, so maybe this should have been set in second-grade, but otherwise the story rings true to me.

And, hello, a story about Japanese-American children who help us learn about traditional Japanese
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Sep 18, 2013 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 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 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 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
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I really love the illustrations in this one.
Amazing portrayals of people.

I like the essence of the story too, but it didn't completely ring true to me.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school, kids
Good story about being yourself, and how in doing so you find true happiness. Suki wears a kimono bought for her by her grandmother over the summer for her first day of first grade. At first classmates (and her sisters) make fun of her outfit. But when Suki stands in the front of the class to describe her summer and shows how the dancers at a festival danced in the kimono’s the class changes into one of respect for something new.
Medeia Sharif
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On the first day of school, Suki is adamant about wearing her kimono and geta shoes. Other kids can laugh all they want, but Suki shines on. I loved the story arc, message, and illustrations.
I read this multicultural book and thought it was great. I liked this book because Suki the little girl was not scared to wear her kimono that her grandma gifted to her. While her sisters made fun of her and some of her classmates thought it was strange. Suki was not fazed by their comments. She liked her families culture especially the festival that she and her grandma attended. She even eventually got compliments from some of her classmates after they learned about her special kimono. Her sist ...more
Cute with an important lesson! Nice watercolor illustrations.
Cindy Gerwin
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book that teaches a small piece of Japanese culture and reminds kids to be kind to one another.
Lauren Keaney
Feb 23, 2016 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
Tiffany Ng
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
Genre: Realistic Fiction

This story is about a girl named Suki who for the first day of school wore her kimono and geta (Japanese sandals) even through she was advised not to by her sisters. Her sister told her that she should wear something cool to school. They even walked a few steps ahead of her on their way to school to pretend they did not know her. Kids at school made fun of her but she did not care because she got her kimon
Jul 18, 2010 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
Nov 07, 2009 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
Oct 16, 2016 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
Zheling Zhang
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is about Japanese culture and diversity. A girl, Suki, wanted to wear her kimono on the first day of the school, but her sister said that she would be laughed by her classmates. Her favorite dress is the kimono, and she worn it at a street festival. She danced, ate traditional Japanese food, and bought a handkerchief as a souvenir. When she reached the school, some students stared at her and pointed at her dress. A girl, Penny, said hi to her, and then they became good friends. The teac ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Suki's Kimono is a fun realistic fiction book about a young girl named Suki, who absolutely loves her blue cotton kimono. This was a very inspiring and fun book to read. The author writes about how it is important to be proud of your heritage. There is nothing to be ashamed of, and standing out is more unique than fitting in. Suki enjoys wearing her kimono and wants to wear it to school. Although her two older sisters make remarks on how odd she is and that she should change into something more ...more
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
Cassidy Goddard
Suki's Kimono was a book about a young girl named Suki who wanted to wear her new kimono to the first day of school. Two of her older sisters told her she shouldn't wear it because people would make fun of her. When she got to school, kids did make fun of her, but she tuned them out and showed them a dance she learned at a Chinese festival. Once she did her dance, all the students clapped for her. This book did offer the children an idea to think about, but I think Suki was seen more as the "her ...more
Amy Chong
Oct 18, 2016 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
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
Oct 22, 2013 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
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Chieri Uegaki is a second-generation Japanese-Canadian who was born in Quesnel, British Columbia. By the age of one, she and her parents had moved to East Vancouver, where she and her two sisters grew up.

Chieri attended Sir John Franklin Elementary School. Initially, she had to take English as a Second Language classes as she spoke mostly Japanese at home. An excellent ESL teacher and an inherited

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