In honor of this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I’m sharing with you a review of an upcoming book by Elsa Takaoka. I’d like to thank her for allowing me an exclusive, early look at her upcoming book, Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection. I received the book for free in exchange for my review.
In short, I loved this book. It’s so important that children are exposed to different cultures and Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection fits the MCBD theme quite well.
Yumi is the main character who comes from generations and generations of collectors. Her family has collected everything you can imagine from origami to kokeshi dolls but Yumi had a passion beyond collecting. She loved to draw. When her grandmother fell ill, Yumi visited her and drew her pictures. She thoughtfully decided to create a whole scheme of pictures for her grandmother, each documenting a story her family shared with her about her grandmother’s adventures. Maybe Yumi’s stories make her a collector after all.
This story is so endearing. It’s actually really sad when you find out her grandmother is so ill but I think it’s a wonderful message to children that they can take action to make others feel better. Yumi is very thoughtful in coming up with this idea to surprise her grandmother. Children can definitely take that lesson and apply it throughout life.
The illustrations also rock! The pictures a vibrant and colorful. This book will be available for purchase sometime in late February. I’m leaving all of Elsa’s links below for you to check out and follow her.
As a bonus, the Multicultural Children’s Book Day ebook is available on Amazon for FREE from January 26th to January 30th. If you have KindleUnlimited it’s free all the time.
You can learn more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day here and use the hashtag #readyourworld on Twitter to share in the festivities.
One Sage Mama