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Yoko Writes Her Name

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Yoko is so excited for the first day of school. She's just learned to write her name. But when Mrs. Jenkins asks Yoko to show everyone, Olive and Sylvia make fun of her Japanese writing. "Yoko can't write. She's only scribbling!" The teasing continues as Yoko shares her favorite book at show and tell, and reads it back to front.

That evening, Yoko declares that she can't go back to school. "How can I when my reading and writing are a failure?" she asks. Luckily a little wisdom from her Mama, a little cooperation from Mrs. Jenkins, and a lot of enthusiasm from her classmates teach Yoko the most important lesson of the year: that friendship can bridge cultural differences.

Not only does Yoko learn to read and write in English and graduate Kindergarten with her classmates, but everyone's name appears in two languages on their diploma--even Olive's and Sylvia's!


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Hardback Editions

July 2008 : USA Hardback

Title: Yoko Writes Her Name (A Yoko Book)
Author(s): Rosemary Wells
ISBN: 0-7868-0371-1 / 978-0-7868-0371-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
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