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A Carp for Kimiko (Paperback): Virginia Kroll
A Carp for Kimiko (Paperback): Virginia Kroll

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A Carp for Kimiko (Paperback)

Virginia Kroll; Illustrated by Katherine Roundtree

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Kimiko yearns for a carp-shaped kite to fly on Children's Day, like the one little brother Yukio has, but it's not the Japanese tradition: kites are for boys. When she tries, politely, to negotiate, her parents are firm - but not unsympathetic, especially Mama. It's true, as Kimiko says, that Yukio shared in the Doll Festival by coming to Kimiko's party; Mama, sighing, says, "You remind me of the carp, Kimiko, always wanting to swim against the current," but agrees to "bend" tradition: she may unpack one of the dolls reserved for that festival. Better, once Children's Day is over, Kimiko gets a special gift: a live carp in an aquarium. Roundtree's illustrations are stolidly literal, her bright colors almost garish - an unfortunate choice for a gentle story distinguished by unusual warmth and subtlety. An upbeat but still bracing look at a culture in which children learn to accept tradition - and, like all children, to bargain within the constraints they're given. (Kirkus Reviews)
A CARP FOR KIMIKO is the story of a young girl's struggle against the strong current of tradition. Every year on Children's Day in Japan a kite in the shape of a carp is flown for each boy in the family. Kimiko is a little girl who desperately wants an orange, black, and white calico carp kite of her own to fly on this holiday.
Kimiko's parents remind her that there is a holiday just for girls-Doll's Festival Day, but this does not stop Kimiko from dreaming about and wishing for her very own carp. The magical ending achieves the impossible-Kimiko gets what she longs for without breaking tradition. Katherine Roundtree's beautiful illustrations evoke the wonder and excitement of childhood, which will charm readers of all cultures.

General

Imprint: Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 1996
First published: July 1996
Authors: Virginia Kroll
Illustrators: Katherine Roundtree
Dimensions: 255 x 203 x 4mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
ISBN-13: 978-0-88106-411-7
Barcode: 9780881064117
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LSN: 0-88106-411-4

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