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Japan – K is for Kabuki – Book review

“K is for Kabuki” – Gloria Whelan and Jenny Nolan (Author) and Oki S. Han (Illustrations)

On our journey around the world as part of our “Around the World in 12 Dishes” challenge, the next station is Japan and our generous partners at Sleeping Bear Press (and no, this is still not a sponsored post!) had a beautiful book on the country, titled “K is for Kabuki”. Since it is part of the same series of country alphabets, it is following down the same path as “D is for Dala Horse” about the Nordic Countries and “T is for Taj Mahal” for India, taking each letter of the alphabet and picking subject related to Japan.

Just like the other two books so far, it comes in the same size of about 10×10 inches, helping the great illustrations pop and deliver a distinctly visual side to the very interesting content. Again each letter has a drawing, a little two- to four-line poem related to it and also some more facts, so your child can actually grow with this book, since you can start with the images and the poems (like in our case), and then as time progresses to the additional information.

The style of the illustrations is distinctly Japanese, fitting the content to a T, which touches everything from history to technology and traditions to modern culture, giving an amazing insight into how diverse this country is and it will not just give children a lot of new and useful information, but also adults will find interesting facts and help expand their horizons in an equally playful way.

“K is for Kabuki” is the third book of the series that I’ve reviewed and once more it is a wonderful book, which is suited for your 2-year old as well as older kids and even adults, with beautiful drawings and great educational value, an excellent way to explore Japan and its rich culture, another recommendation for this one.

A big thank you again goes out to Sleeping Bear Press, not just for a review copy of this book, but also a giveaway copy! This giveaway is open to readers worldwide, no matter where you are, we will not restrict the participation, all you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopter below and cross your fingers that you will be the lucky winner!

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Please check out our partner blogs and their Japan ideas: Adventures In MommydomCreative Family FunGlittering MuffinsJuggling with KidsKitchen Counter ChroniclesMake, Do & FriendsMermaids’ MakingsMom 2 Posh Little DivasMontessori TidbitsMummymummymumThe Educators’ Spin On It and The Usual Mayhem!


If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page. We’d love to do a Facebook album, a Pinterest board and a page of your creations :) Please link up your Japan dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it!

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