Yoko Learns to Read by Rosemary Wells

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Yoko is eager to learn how to read, and Mama wants to help her. But they only have three picture books at home, all in Japanese. Yoko is worried that she'll be left behind when she sees the other kids in school earning leaf after leaf on the classroom book tree. Yoko and her Mama begin taking books out of the library. Mama can't read the English words, but by looking at the pictures, sounding out letters, and recognizing words from the wall at school, Yoko gradually teaches herself. In a poignant ending, Mama asks Yoko to show her how to read.
 

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Author Bio: Rosemary Wells is the award-winning author of numerous books for children, including Carry Me!; My Kindergarten; the New York Times best-selling Emily’s First 100 Days of School; and several other stories about the character in this book: Yoko; Yoko’s Paper Cranes; Yoko’s Show-and-Tell; and Yoko Writes Her Name, which Booklist called “meaningful and delightful in equal measure” in a starred review. For more information, visit her Web site, www.rosemarywells.com.
 
Published February 21, 2012 by Disney-Hyperion. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.

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Origami cranes take metaphoric flight from West to East in this tale of Yoko the kitten’s earnest efforts to maintain a connection to her grandparents in Japan.

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A kimono-clad doll named Miki is sent to Yoko by her grandmother in honor of the Japanese holiday, Girls’ Day.

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Wells’s familiar kitten Yoko is in kindergarten, and she’s just learned how to write her name in Japanese.

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Cross-cultural details add interest: sushi for dinner, cozy on-the-floor seating at the tea table and the fact that books in Japanese read back to front.

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Wells' winsome kitten experiences a milestone sure to bring smiles to the faces of teachers and librarians everywhere.

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