Saturday, September 8, 2018

Review - Natsumi!

by Susan Lendroth
illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Date: 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Natsumi is small but full of big exuberance, and puts her girl-power to good use when she discovers a Japanese tradition as energetic as she is.

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.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This was really cute. It's all about a little girl named Natsumi who's... well, energetic. Tea ceremonies and fan dancing just aren't her thing. But she really wants to do something for the village festival. Luckily, her grandfather knows just the thing...

The pictures were great, perfectly capturing Natsumi's rambunctious spirit. I also loved her little Godzilla toy that she carried with her throughout the book. Too cute.

We learn a bit about some traditional Japanese arts, and there's a good message about being yourself and finding what works for you. I quite enjoyed this one!

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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