Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday . It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think it has a really good message.
By Rosemary Wells
Published by Scholastic in 1999
Good for any age (read aloud for pre-schoolers)
Theme/Topic – Acceptance / Inclusion
Opening and Synopsis – “What would you like for lunch today, my little cherry blossom?” asked Yoko’s mother. “All my favorite things, please,” answered Yoko.
Yoko doesn’t fit in at school because she likes sushi and red bean ice cream. The other kids tease her and call her names because she has different customs. To help out Yoko, her teacher, Mrs. Jenkins, came up with the idea to have “International Food Day” where all the kids had to bring food in from a different country and every kid HAD to try EVERYTHING! But, alas, poor Yoko found that no one even touched the sushi her mother so carefully made. That is until one brave (and hungry) little boy chomped down a piece of sushi and then finished off the rest! He even let Yoko show him how to use chopsticks. Yoko finally found a friend who accepted her for who she is.
Activities and Resources – In our house we eat a lot of different foods. Even if it is something my sister or I don’t think we want to eat, we still take a “polite bite” or in other words, just try it, you may even LIKE it! I’ve tried sushi before and it is pretty good. If you don’t think your kids will like it, you can try to make candy sushi! You can look HERE to see how to make it. Maybe once a week/month have a lunch or dinner with food from a different country/region. It would be nice to have everyone cook together and maybe try to learn about the country or region you are eating food from.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog “Just Right Books” HERE!
Why I like this book. I really like this book because it shows how important it is to include and accept all different people as they are. It also shows the harm and hurt feelings you can cause by making fun of people just because they are a little different. I also really like how the boy who tried the sushi really didn’t care what the other kids thought and he just did his own thing and made a really good friend in Yoko. I also really liked the illustrations 🙂