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Yuki's ride home

by Manya Tessler

  Book : Fiction : Primary school  |  1st U.S. ed

Good day with Grandmother   (2009-01-07)

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fears she has waited too long to ride home because of the fog.  Grandma offers to let her pets travel with Yuki but Yuki decides she must ride alone.  The illustrations of this book take center stage with combinations of pencil sketches, Japanese patterns, and beautiful colors using digital techniques.  The sweet interaction between Yuki and her grandmother is wonderful but shifts attention away from the ride home.   The story might have been stronger if the two had focused on the ride and Yuki’s doing things by herself.  The beautiful illustrations and unusual events during the day make this a nice multicultural read for preschoolers and Kindergartners as long as one does not expect to read about the ride home.  




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