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Yoshi's Feast (Melanie Kroupa Books) (edition 2000)

by Kimiko Kajikawa, Yumi Heo (Illustrator)

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Title:Yoshi's Feast (Melanie Kroupa Books)
Authors:Kimiko Kajikawa
Other authors:Yumi Heo (Illustrator)
Info:DK Publishing (2000), Edition: 1st ed, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:picture book, books in other places, japan, eels, revenge, neighbors, smell

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Yoshi's Feast by Kimiko Kajikawa



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Yoshi loves broiled eels. His neighbor Sabu makes and sells broiled eels. Yoshi believes his neighbor should share the leftovers. Sabu believes Yoshi should pay for them. But Yoshi is too stingy to pay. After a hilarious dispute involving Yoshi paying for the smell of the eels with the sound of his clinking money, they both work together to bring Sabu more customers.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I like this book for two reasons. First, the illustrations are very ornate. The illustrator, Yumi Heo, uses handmade Japanese papers in her illustrations of pencil, oil, and college, which create a very unique illustration. The images also vary in sizes; some take up the entire page and others fit the line of the text. In a traditional Japanese folktale story, it is appreciated to see the characters wearing very detailed kimonos of red, gold, green and blue. Second, I like the text choices used for this story. The font reminds me of ancient writing because it is not the typical font used for books; it looks like traditional folklore print. Also, when Yoshi is dancing around with his jingling coins, the text looks like it is dancing with him because it is not aligned like other parts of the text, it has a flowing motion. The author uses different font sizes to emphasize Yoshi flaunting his coins chanting, “Chin chin jara jara chin jara jara…” getting louder and louder. The big idea of this book is compromise. This is shown through the character Yoshi and Sabu’s feud over money. Yoshi was too stubborn to purchase Sabu’s delicious eels. So Sabu starts to cook smelly fish, which causes Yoshi to lose his appetite. Yoshi decides to help Sabu’s business by attracting customers through dances. ( )
  TiffanyYi | Oct 4, 2015 |
I liked this story for a few reasons. The first reason that I liked the story was because it is able to broaden the readers’ perspectives. This is because at first Sabu thought that Yoshi was stealing from him because he was always smelling the eels, but never buying any. But Yoshi thought that Yoshi should not have to pay for just smelling, so he danced around with money and said the sound of money was payment enough. They then came to an agreement. Yoshi danced to get the attention of people, and then they would buy Sabu’s eels. This book broaden readers’ perspectives because they were able to see who they agreed with. Readers can understand why Sabu would be upset with Yoshi always smelling but never buying. But readers could also understand why Yoshi would not feel the need to buy the expensive eel. The story allows readers to see that people have different outlooks on situations, and that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Readers will be able to take the information from this conflict and remember it when they get in a disagreement with someone else. Another thing that I liked about the story was that the illustrations were able to enhance the story. When it is described that Yohsi is dancing around with the money the illustration is able to show this. The same illustration is also able to display what is happening in the town, too. Readers are able to witness the crowd that is being drawn in with his loud dancing. Through the illustrations the written words are enriched. The illustrations can show the anger and joy in the story better than the written words by themselves. Another reason that I liked the story was because it flowed so well. The whole story was leading to the resolution at the end of the story. The parts of the story leading to that event all flowed well, and were able to give the story a fluid feel, instead of the story being choppy. A last reason that I liked the story was because of the point of view. The point of view was in the third person and I thought that this was appropriate for the story. Having the point of view be in third person allowed the story to be equally about both main characters. If the story was in first person than the reader would probably agree with their perspective because the reader would only be witnessing that characters opinion. Having the story in third person allowed the reader to see both perspectives without biased opinions. I think the overall message of the story is conflicts can be solved if both parties are willing to make sacrifices. After Yoshi and Sabu discussed the problem they were able to come up with a solution that worked for both of them. One the last page the resolution is explained to readers when it is stated that, “Every day after that, Yoshi danced for happy crowds around Sabu’s hibachi. And every evening the two neighbors sat on Yoshi’s porch-laughing and enjoying Sabu’s sizzling-hot eels.” This shows readers that conflicts are able to be overcome if both parties are making efforts for the better. ( )
  kmetca1 | Apr 2, 2015 |
This book was full of culture in its illustrations and I like the storyline because it leads into friendship, teamwork, and caring for one another. ( )
  TeresaCruz | Nov 15, 2014 |
A delightful tale about a selfish, eel-loving neighbor and a cunning eel chef who eventually become good friends-- but not before they each test each other through a variety of eel-related tricks. Children will enjoy the quirkiness of this tale, and its moral lesson about the virtues of generosity and friendship. ( )
  DayehSensei | Jul 4, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0789426072, Hardcover)

Fan maker Yoshi loves the delectable smell of the eels broiled by his fishmonger neighbor, Sabu. But he also loves the sound of the coins jingling in his money box, and so he never actually buys the eels, content just to smell them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Struggling to make a living selling his eels, Sabu is furious with Yoshi for his stubbornness, and demands payment for all the eels Yoshi has sniffed. Yoshi retaliates by performing a wild coin-rattling dance in the street: "chin chin jara jara... chin jara jara...." When he finishes, he tells Sabu, "You have charged me for the smell of your eels, and I have paid you with the sound of my money." Is there any hope of reconciliation for these feuding neighbors?

Adapted from the Japanese folktale "Smells and Jingles," this hilarious story shows that in business--and in life--you usually get what you pay for. Compromise often ends up being the most satisfying arrangement all around. Yumi Heo's oil, pencil, and collage illustrations are the real treasure. Readers of all ages will pore over the rich golds, greens, and reds, returning to the story again and again to savor this feast for their eyes. (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:02 -0400)

When Yoshi's neighbor, Sabu, the eel broiler, attempts to charge him for the delicious smelling aromas he has been enjoying, Yoshi hatches a plan to enrich them both.

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