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Natsumi! by Susan Lendroth

Natsumi!

Natsumi! by Susan Lendroth
Hardcover
Mar 13, 2018 | 32 Pages
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    Mar 13, 2018 | 32 Pages | 4-8 years

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    Mar 13, 2018 | 32 Pages | 4-8 years

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★ ”A joyful experience from beginning to end . . . Natsumi [is] a girl with lots of energy and spunk who throws herself into everything, while Burris portrays her in joyous action. The multigenerational nature of the family adds to the warmth of the story.” —Booklist, starred review

“A whirlwind of energy, Natsumi often hears the words, “Not so fast” or “hard” or “loud” from her family. When she worries her boisterous actions always lead to mistakes, her grandfather finds the perfect outlet: taiko. On stage, Natsumi pounds the large, barrel-shaped drums—their thundering boom an extension of her enthusiastic spirit. Like Kevin Henkes with his water pistol-toting Lilly, Lendroth offers a charming character who defies traditional gender associations.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Lendroth weaves cultural notes through her story, paying attention to traditional arts and the family’s connections to the village . . . [A]t the festival, the family is delighted to see Natsumi among the taiko drummers, where her enthusiasm is welcomed . . . Those interested in Japan will be drawn to this, as will those who know someone who’s a little over the top.” —Publishers Weekly

“A little girl with a big personality finds the perfect way to channel her energy in this cheerful picture book . . . . [T]his book presents a positive introduction to traditional arts such as tea ceremony and flower arranging, and has a great deal to offer in its affirming message about being oneself.” —School Library Journal

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