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 the I liked this story about honesty.
By Masako Matsuno
32 pages – ages 3+
Published by Purple House Press on November 15, 2002 (originally published in 1960)
Theme/Topic – Honesty / Multicultural
Opening and Synopsis –
A pair of old cracked wooden clogs!
I found them last night in a storeroom of my house
when I was looking for a box to send a new pair of clogs
to my little granddaughter.
Mako who is now grown, remembers back to the day she got beautiful new red clogs while shopping with her mother. Mako thought they were the nicest clogs she has ever seen and they sounded so nice when she walked on the stone roads. One day, Mako got a crack in her new clogs while she was playing the weather-telling game with her friends. She knows her mother will not buy her another pair of red clogs for a while, so she decides to do something dishonest. Mako soon feels ashamed that she is trying to fool her mother.
Why I liked this book – I really enjoyed the story in this book. I think it has a good lesson in it about honesty. I think all kids are dishonest to their parents at sometime when they are growing up and this is a good story to talk about it. I like how Mako’s mother handles being lied to. Besides the nice story, the illustrations are really great. The cover is what made me pick the book up. I also liked learning a little about Japanese culture!
Activities and Resources –
You can play The Weather-Telling Game yourself! First you kick your shoes off your foot up high in the air. Then you see how it lands and that tells what the weather will be like –
At the “Activity Village” website, I found coloring pages and crafts (things like make your own kite and make your own samurai helmet) that teach kids about Japan and Japanese Culture (Click HERE).
At the “Simple Little Home” blog I found a whole weeks worth of lessons for home-schoolers about the book “A Pair of Red Clogs” and Japan (Click HERE).
Use this cool YouTube video below to learn how to count to 20 in Japanese!