#blogbookaday: Natsumi!

17 May

Natsumi!.jpgSummary:  “When Natsumi’s family practices for their town’s Japanese arts festival, Natsumi tries everything. But her stirring is way too vigorous for the tea ceremony, her dancing is just too imaginative, and flower arranging doesn’t go any better. Can she find just the right way to put her exuberance to good use?

This heartwarming tale about being true to yourself is perfect for readers who march to their own beat. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: The story of a little girl who’s trying to figure out where she fits within her family and within her culture when her grandfather takes for a walk and they find an activity that is just right for Natsumi. This is a story literally about marching to the beat of your own drum, trying new things and celebrating your culture.

Personal Reaction: I loved this sweet, little story about a young girl who seems just a little bit too rambunctious for her quiet family, until her grandfather helps her to find an activity. I enjoyed the glimpse into Japanese culture and the illustrations show a great juxtaposition between Natsumi’s unique style and that of the rest of her family. This would make a great read aloud for preschool and early elementary school age children as they celebrate what makes them unique!

Title: Natsumi!
Author: Susan Lendroth
Illustrator: Priscilla Burris
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 13, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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