A Carp for Kimiko
Illustrated By: Virginia Kroll
A Carp for Kimiko   -     By: Katherine Roundtree
    Illustrated By: Virginia Kroll
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Illustrated By: Virginia Kroll
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Kimiko very much wants a calico carp kite like her brother's to fly on Children's Day. She can't have one, though, because she's a girl, and Japanese tradition dictates that only boys get colorful kites. Luckily, Kimiko has understanding parents, and the day after the festival, she wakes to find a surprise in her room. This book introduces readers to Japanese customs and traditions, such as the Children's Day and Doll's Day celebrations. With brightly colored paintings and a believable premise, the story succeeds, relaying its information with a minimum of didacticism and more than a little charm. A wonderful story for children ages 4-8.

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Title: A Carp for Kimiko
By: Katherine Roundtree
Illustrated By: Virginia Kroll
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Charlesbridge
Dimensions: 8 X 10 (inches)
Weight: 5 ounces
ISBN: 0881064114
ISBN-13: 9780881064117
Ages: 4-8
Stock No: WW064114

Publisher's Description

A CARP FOR KIMIKO is the story of a young girl's struggle against the strong current of tradition. Every year on Children's Day in Japan a kite in the shape of a carp is flown for each boy in the family. Kimiko is a little girl who desperately wants an orange, black, and white calico carp kite of her own to fly on this holiday.

Kimiko's parents remind her that there is a holiday just for girls–Doll's Festival Day, but this does not stop Kimiko from dreaming about and wishing for her very own carp. The magical ending achieves the impossible–Kimiko gets what she longs for without breaking tradition. Katherine Roundtree's beautiful illustrations evoke the wonder and excitement of childhood, which will charm readers of all cultures.

Author Bio

Virginia Kroll has contributed more than 1500 items to juvenile magazines. She travels throughout the country speaking to children about writing multicultural books. She is the author of many children's books, including WOOD-HOOPOE WILLIE, A CARP FOR KIMIKO, SWEET MAGNOLIA, JAHA AND JAMIL WENT DOWN THE HILL, HATS OFF TO HAIR!, MASAI AND I (Four Winds Press), and BUTTERFLY BOY (Boyds Mill Press). Virginia lives in New York with her family.

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