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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  27 reviews

When Yoko's grandparents send her a beautiful antique doll named Miki all the way from Japan, Yoko couldn't be happier. She places Miki on her red carpet and brings her candy until Girls' Festival on March 3. Even though Mama said no, Yoko decides to sneak Miki to school for show-and-tell. How could she have guessed that Miki would be in accident along the way? Looks like
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Disney-Hyperion
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J. Boo
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Yoko, a Japanese kitty going to an implicitly American school, is told by her mother not to bring an antique doll to school. No children above a year old will fail to guess what Yoko does next.

I liked the "yo, listen to your mom when she tells you not to do something" moral. I disliked the (view spoiler)

Kids seemed sufficiently interested, so I shouldn't carp too much, especially since
Sarah Sammis
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Yoko's Show and Tell by Rosemary Wells is about a show and tell gone wrong. It also introduces children to Girl's Day, Japanese culture and doll hospitals.

A few weeks before Girl's Day, Yoko received a package from her grandparents. It is her great-grandmother's Girl's Day doll, Miki. It's been in the family for generations and now it's Yuko's.

The young cat desperately wants to share it at show and tell but her mother says No. Yuko doesn't listen and the doll ends up broken on the bus floor beca
Diana C. Kobylak
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story is sprinkled with lively descriptions portraying a traditional Japanese event. Children and parents learn new words and about second chances.
I'm always nervous when reading non-Asian authors' depictions of Asian cultures. This one mostly passes my tests for treating Asian characters like normal people and not exoticizing. It is heavy on the delicate and picturesque parts of Japanese culture, which is something that always bothered me as a kid when I encountered books about Chinese characters -- it's a part of my culture that I wasn't surrounded by and don't identify with, and I disliked that it always seemed to be the part portrayed ...more
Eva Leger
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: julias-books
While I could swear that we've read a Yoko book before it appears that I have none listed and couldn't find any that I recognized. Even this, we've read a handful of Wells' other books in the past few years and this is one of the better ones IMO.
I really enjoyed the little info included on Boys' and Girls' Days in Japan and Julia, who recognizes numerous German holidays and traditions is always interested in this type of thing also.
The little doll that Yoko receives from her Grandparents is prec
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My 5 year old brought this book home from her school's library. I read it to her tonight and we both loved it. We will definitely be getting Yoko's books for our home. My daughter was able to read some of the words. She loves reading books that has something to do with Japan. I actually had her when we lived there, but left when she was 2.5 months old to come back to the states. She is interested in learning more about Girls' Day now also. We may have to get her her own little Miki. She loved th ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Before the book begins, it explained that March 3 in Japan is Girls' Day (Hina Matsuri), the Doll Festival. Parents display hina dolls in their homes to wish their daughters good health and happiness. May 5 is Boys' Day (Tango no Sekku). This day parents fly or hang carp kites, a symbol of courage and strength, to celebrate their sons.

This book gave me the opportunity to talk to my children about why it's a good idea to listen and obey their parents. I was happy that Yoko eventually told the tr
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oh, Yoko!

Mama cat told you not to bring your delicate Japanese doll on the bus. Yet you just couldn't resist the idea of bringing the doll for show and tell, so you sneak her out of the house. While on the bus, two bully French bulldogs play catch with your beautiful doll and break her. Thankfully, wise Mama cat knows just what to do.

As a child, I used to feel jealous when storybook characters did not yell at their disobedient children. Now, I realize that this "patience modeling" is meant for a
Olivia Bailey
Oct 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
It tells about Asian culture in Japan, holidays Girl's Day and Boy's Festival. It translate some words in Japanese to English.
Students can compare and contrast the Japanese culture and our culture (calendar, doll clothes).
It teaches the students about the appropriate time and ways to do things, to listen when adults tell you something (its ok to ask why because there is usually a good reason). Also, it teaches the students that no matter what happens, it can be fixed they tell the truth. Adults
Age: 3-6 years
Media: watercolor and colored pencils
M.I.T.: Be extra careful with special things.

Yoko's grandparents send her a beautiful heirloom doll. Excited to show everyone else, she brings it to school against the wishes of her mother. Two bullies ruin the doll but the doll is brought to a "doll hospital" (every girl's dream?) and is repaired.

The writing is a little off but the artwork and the theme are right-on.
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
This book tells about the Japanese culture. Yoko the cat receives a doll from her grandparents in Japan and she is so excited to show and tell it to her friends at school. She brings her doll on the bus to school when a student snatches it from her and throws it around the bus and the doll gets ruined and Yoko's day is ruined as well. Her mom brings it to the hospital and her doll is fixed and brand new!
Ellyn Getts
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I like this book because it incorporates culture in a natural way. Japanese culture wasn't the focal point of the plot, but it contributed. It was a feel good book and taught the lesson of cause and effect. The mother tells her not to take the doll to school because it is so fragile. She does anyways, and must face the consequences.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
Pretty good book about consequences that stem from poor decisions. There were lots of gasps and "oh nos" from my niece and nephew as we read this one. My niece liked it ok, but my nephew said, "I don't like that one. There was too much not happy in there." What can I say? The boy doesn't like to face bad consequences in real life, and he doesn't like to face them in his storybooks.
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Passed both the daughter and storytime tests. Daughter wanted me to read it to her everynight, after she made it past the somewhat scary illustration (to a 3-year old). She especially enjoyed the section about the doll hospital & doctor. The 4-5 years olds in storytime seemed engaged by it and liked learning about the kimono. ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
We picked this up at the library. It was a cute book giving children some cultural exposure. I liked that it showed the kimono's and gave some of the Asian words and such.

But at the same time it also had a message that was relate-able to all kids about listening to mommy. It was cute to see how the doll was fixed as well - reminiscent of one of my favorite scenes from Toy Story 2. =)
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Predictable. Kind of an unusual sequence while Yoko visits her doll in the doll hospital; I'm glad not to have to explain to my daughters why their dolls didn't ever get a week long stay in the hospital when they were sick! It's also refreshing to have a child be told straight out, "You made a mistake," instead of having the parent dancing around in some kind of self-esteem-protective frenzy.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Yoko doesn't heed her mother's direction to leave an heirloom doll at home rather than take it to school. As a result, the doll is damaged and she learns an important lesson. Yoko is such a sweet character that the reader is whispering "no, Yoko, don't do it!" and aches as the story unfolds. Children will be reassured, as Yoko is, by her mother's unconditional love.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
My 6 year old didn't like this one as much. Probably because Yoko makes a big mistake and she's been doing lots of those lately, so the feeling of this kind of embarassment is just too visceral for her.
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Mama tells Yoko that she can't take her new doll from her grandparents to show-and-tell at school because the doll is too delicate but, Yoko doesn't listen and she and her doll suffer the consequences.
Sweet book, and one I feel a little connection with, because my mom lived in Japan as a child, so I grew up sometimes celebrating Girls Day and playing with a few of my mother's Japanese childhood toys.
perfect book for a "trip" to japan during my summer reading program
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Wells tells the story of a little girl who receives a special doll from her grandmother in Japan. A tie in with Japanese Girl Day is made with the book.
Danie P.
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Yoko brings her antique doll to show and tell despite her mother saying no. A cute story about listening to your mom.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library
37 months - O loves Yoko books and I have to admit I enjoy them too. Who hasn't taken something to school that they shouldn't have and had it either stolen or damaged. We can all relate.
Katie Fitzgerald
I love the first Yoko book, but this one wasn't as good, and felt forced. Nothing new really happened, and Yoko wasn't as interesting this time around.
A great book for to read to celebrate girls day in Japan. One of my favourite books
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