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Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
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Apr 10, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, newberry

It deserved the Newberry it won. GUH!

This book was about a Japanese-American family in the 1950s. The book mostly chronicled the daily life of the family, showing how hard the parents worked to provide for their three kids. Lynn, the oldest, seemed to be an ideal older sister. She was loving and nurturing but still had enough of the devil in her to remind her younger sibs that she was the oldest.

It was narrated through the middle child, Katie, and I thought the way in which Kadohata gradually matured her from the beginning to the end of the book was exceptionally well done. The narration was always in the voice of a child--not an adult trying to write like a child, which never fails to irritate me. But Katie grew from a little girl with simple little girl thoughts to a big girl with more mature, though still childish, thoughts.

This would be a terrific story to read with a child who is afraid of losing someone they love, or who may have already lost someone they love. It shows that even in the darkest times, there are still wonderful things in the world and enjoying those things is a way of remembering and honoring your loved ones who have died.

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