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Yoko Writes Her Name by Rosemary Wells
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Aug 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: elementary, fiction, friendship, picture-book
Read on August 13, 2010

This was another sweet book on diversity and acceptance from the "Yoko" series, with this installment focusing on an immersion program in kindergarten. Yoko is learning English but is also retaining her first language, Japanese. Her teacher and classmates are supportive, but two girls, Olive and Sylvia tease her mercilessly for not knowing as much English as the rest of the class. The taunts increase as they imply that Yoko may not graduate from kindergarten. A boy called Angelo helps Yoko with her English ABC's and 123's, and Yoko in turn helps Angelo learn Japanese. Soon, the whole class is learning Japanese thanks to the teacher and Yoko's mother. The ending was a bit rushed with the change of heart by Olive and Sylvia, but it was still a very good book.

Recommended for ages five and up, and a great title for back-to-school, ESL and immersion programs.
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