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Yoko's Show and Tell: 01/23/12

Yoko's Show and Tell cover art (Link goes to Powells)Yoko's Show and Tell by Rosemary Wells is about a show and tell gone wrong. It also introduces children to Girl's Day, Japanese culture and doll hospitals.

A few weeks before Girl's Day, Yoko received a package from her grandparents. It is her great-grandmother's Girl's Day doll, Miki. It's been in the family for generations and now it's Yuko's.

The young cat desperately wants to share it at show and tell but her mother says No. Yuko doesn't listen and the doll ends up broken on the bus floor because of two bullies. Yuko tells her mother the truth and together they take the doll to a doll hospital to have it repaired before the grandparents arrive on their Spring visit.

My children have heard about Girl's Day and know about the importance of dolls on that day. My daughter is currently in kindergarten, although, show-and-tell hasn't been brought up yet. Those two pieces of the story, therefore, rang true for both children.

The doll hospital struck them as completely made up. I think doll hospitals were more popular a few decades ago. I have never seen one, nor been to one. I did know a doll restorer through my father who is an antique dealer. She had the shop around the corner from him. But an actual doll hospital like the one shown in Yuko's Show-And-Tell is something I've only ever seen in books.

So while I think book is geared towards introducing children to more pieces of Japanese culture, especially something relevant to children, the doll hospital aspect of the story ended up being the piece that needed the most explanation. I did a quick online search and found addresses for a pair of doll hospitals but neither has a web site. I'm not sure if they are as elaborate on the "hospital" facade as the one in this book.

Have you ever visited a doll hospital?

Four stars.

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Comment #1: Tuesday, January, 24 2012 at 21:47:22

Jeane

Never even heard of a doll hospital.



Comment #2: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 21:57:14

Pussreboots

Thanks for your response. I've only heard of them through books.





Recent posts

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Advances in Modern Chemotherapy by Michael Alexander
Cara Mia by Denise Verrico
Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj
Chester's Masterpiece by Mélanie Watt
Clementine's Letter by Sara Pennypacker
Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
Frost Moon by Anthony Francis
Fullmetal Alchemist 13 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 14 by Hiromu Arakawa
Ghosts for Breakfast by Stanley Todd Terasaki
How Seosiris Lost the Favor of the King by James L. Cambias
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
King & King & Family by Linda de Haan
Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming
Lincoln Inc. by Jackie Hogan
Lost Kingdom by Julia Flynn Siler
Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Rebecca's World by Terry Nation
Recrossing the Styx by Ian R. McLeod
The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 01 by CLAMP
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
White Cat by Holly Black
Why that Crazy Old Lady Goes up the Mountain by Michael Libling
The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
xxxHolic 07 by CLAMP
Yoko's Show and Tell by Rosemary Wells
Yotsuba&! 02 by Kiyohiko Azuma

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