Words To Make A Friend: A Story in Japanese and English
Words To Make A Friend: A Story in Japanese and English
Library Binding21.12
Publisher's Hardcover15.59
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Annotation: A clever and innovative bilingual English/Japanese picture book about a Japanese girl and an American girl who prove you... more
Catalog Number: #302112
Format: Library Binding
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Stoop, Naoko,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-593-12228-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-593-12228-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2021009059
Dimensions: 29 cm
Language: Japanese
Bilingual: Yes
Kirkus Reviews
A day in the snow for two kids in two languages.Readers might be tempted to flip past the frontmatter to the start of the story. But take time to linger over the evocative endpapers that show a big yellow moving truck parked outside a blue and white house in a snowy landscape. An adult and a child, both with pale skin and black hair, are standing on the porch, about to open the door. Turn the page, and there is another adult-and-child pair, both with brown skin and dark hair, bringing their new neighbors a gift of food. Like many friendships, this story builds slowly, one interaction at a time, urging readers to savor each moment. The first child speaks Japanese and the second, English; yet their intent and interactions are seemingly understood, facilitated by snowy-day play and bilingual conversation. Eventually the cold pushes them inside to enjoy Japanese tea, a treat, and origami. Stoop’s captivating mixed-media illustrations depict dramatic perspectives even in the kids’ first meeting, their bold, bright figures striking against a pastel snowy scene. Napoli’s spare text trusts primarily English-speaking readers to derive sufficient meaning from the bilingual spreads while lacking the scaffolding to facilitate deeper cultural comprehension for both kids. Notes from author and illustrator each offer depth and background as well as insight into their artistic partnership.A simple tale of building a friendship and good memories using few words and luminous artwork. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

A clever and innovative bilingual English/Japanese picture book about a Japanese girl and an American girl who prove you don't need to speak the same language to understand each other.

When a young Japanese girl moves into her new house, she is happy to see a girl her age playing in the snow just outside her window. The only problem is the Japanese girl doesn't speak English and the American girl doesn't speak Japanese.
How will these two girls have any fun at all? As it turns out, it's not that hard when both girls are looking for a friend! What starts with a simple "hello" and "konnichiwa" becomes a day filled with fun in the snow.
Each girl's love of play, snow, and making a new friend transcends the need to speak the same language, and by using simple words in their own languages, along with a bit of charades, the girls find they have all they need to build a snow creature.

An important book to show children that speaking the same language isn't a prerequisite to making a new friend.

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