Saturday, November 7, 2009

My Japan by Etsuko Watanabe

My Japan by Etsuko Watanabe

This book is shows the life of a girl in Japan, told from her point of view. The pictures are as helpful as the text in telling the story. I was fascinated to read about the differences in the lives of a Japanese girl and an American girl.

A bit:
“In Japan, we sleep on futons. They are light and very easy to fold and carry. When you air them out in the sun, they feel warm and fluffy. Mmmm, very nice to sleep on!”

The children were mildly interested in this book. I was surprised to find they were not as interested in the book as I would have predicted. I avoided the page with naked people; a parent has leafed through the book just before I showed it to the children and she did not like that page. I would have trouble putting it into my library as that page would cause a lot of titters from kids.


  1. Oh! I loved reading about this book! It sounds like a must for my collection, and my classroom. Thanks so much for sharing...I have two beautiful Japanese girls in my room, this year, by the way. They've added so much to my ever growing knowledge of this beautiful country.

  2. I stumbled upon this book at my local library. I have lived in Japan and it is a nice demonstration. My child wasn't that interestebd in this book, but I recommended it to a friend taking her girls to Japan soon.


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