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K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet (Discover the World) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1585364444
LANGUAGE:English

" Geographic Term:Japan -- Juvenile literatureHCPL -- Picture books " said.

" K wasn't really for Kabuki in the book. But it's a fun Japan ABC book. " said.

" An alphabet book about Japan that will be a great addition to the 3rd grade curriculum. " said.

" Nice book with good illustrations but too wordy with definitions of each selected letter; each letter is also attached to a short Haiku. A younger child will probably not have the patience to sit through a complete reading of this book even though the descriptions are interesting for adults. " said.

"Yes, I read a children's picture book, again. I confess I love this book series. I read all the US States books with my younger children and have kept up the series for myself. I fell in love with alphabet books long ago, the kind where each letter is used to explain a word relating to the topic. I knew most of the words in K is for Kabuki and what they meant, but the little details, as well as the words I was not familiar with, were fascinating. Obviously it takes only minutes to read, but it was a delightful way to spend half an hour. My only complaint is the illustrations, which were quite adequate, though I would have preferred to see more of them done in a Japanese style to give the book a more complete cultural immersion. " said.

"There are mistakes in this book ... for example, they call the "geta" (Japanese sandals) "gela." At first I thought it was a typo in the text, but it's spelled wrong in the glossary as well. It also says the shinkansen (bullet train) travels all the way from the north as far down as Tokyo. In reality, the shinkansen line in Hokkaido (the northernmost island) is still under construction, and there's a lot more track going farther south past Tokyo. It also mentioned that the biggest earthquake in recent memory was the Tokyo earthquake of 1923. Yes, that earthquake killed close to 150,000 people, but at the time of publication (2009), the Hanshin earthquake (of 1995) was probably fresher in people's minds (as would the Tohoku earthquake of 2011 would be). There were a couple of other things that bothered me but I can't remember them at the moment ..." said.

" K wasn't really for Kabuki in the book. But it's a fun Japan ABC book. " said.

" An alphabet book about Japan that will be a great addition to the 3rd grade curriculum. " said.

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