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Yoko by Rosemary Wells


by Rosemary Wells

Series: Yoko (1)

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Yoko's mom has packed her favorite for lunch today-sushi! But her classmates don't think it looks quite so yummy. "Ick!" says one of the Franks. "It's seaweed!" They're not even impressed by her red bean ice cream dessert. Of course, Mrs. Jenkins has a plan that might solve Yoko's problem. But will it work with the other children in class. Age Range: 3 - 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  RosaJuarez | Apr 3, 2017 |
Another great read for your emergent and beginning readers. This book will teach children not to judge a book by its cover. Yoko is very different from her first grade peers, and even with her teachers support most of the students are unsure about Yoko and her school lunch choice (sushi). Although the students were unsure of Yoko's lunch choices, after they have an International food day the children's views change and they all learn to accept one another. ( )
  kaitlyn_king | Nov 9, 2016 |
Yoko brings in sushi for lunch one day at school and all of the other kids make fun of it and call it gross looking. After Mrs. Jenkins sees this she decides the class will have a multicultural day. She brings in food from all over the world and different cultures. Only one kid tries Yoko's sushi because everything else was taken but he actually ends up liking it and they share lunch together the next time.

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Being a lover of food I really enjoyed reading this story and of course its deeper meaning beyond the food. I love trying new foods and will try anything at least once, and I also feel that you can begin to learn a lot about other cultures just by their food alone.

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1. I think you can use what the teacher did directly and actually have multicultural days at school at least once every year.
2. This book teaches you not to judge anything by its cover without giving it a fair shot.
  dillonmarsh | Jul 19, 2016 |
This series helps children to celebrate and welcome culture and differences. It would work in a classroom with young children, as the setting of this story seems to take place in a kindergarten classroom. When Yoko brings her sushi for lunch one day, she is teased by her peers because it is different. This prompts the teacher to hold an International Food Day, where each student shares a food that represents their culture or heritage. This is a fun way to encourage children to try new things, as well as not to judge something based on how it looks.
  carrier3 | May 31, 2016 |
I enjoyed reading this book for a multitude of reasons. I liked the author’s use of characterization. For instance, Mrs. Jenkins (Yoko’s teacher) plays a key role in stopping Yoko from being bullied because of her lunch. She turns a negative situation in her classroom into a learning opportunity to broaden the perspectives of her students. By creating likable characters such as Mrs. Jenkins, the author made the story more memorable. I also like how the author incorporated multiculturalism into this story. All of the characters in the story were different types of animals to represent people of different races and ethnicities. These characters represented a variety of different cultures which children may be able to relate to. The message of this story is not to criticize someone because they are different from you. In the story, the other students in Yoko’s class made fun of her because she brought sushi to school for lunch. However, once they tried Yoko’s sushi and liked it they realized how wrong they were for judging Yoko. ( )
  KerryMcLaughlin | Oct 28, 2015 |
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It is Yoko's first day at school, so of course her mother wants to send her off with healthy comfort food for lunch--a delectable package of homemade sushi. "Have a wonderful day at school, my Little Cherry Blossom," her mother says as Yoko climbs into the bus. And it would have been, had it not been for lunchtime. Timothy brings a peanut butter and honey sandwich. Tulip has Swiss cheese on rye. The Franks brothers have beans and franks. But when Yoko opens her cooler of rice rolls with "the crispiest cucumber, the pinkest shrimp, the greenest seaweed, and the tastiest tuna," one of the Franks brothers announces, "Ick. It's green. It's seaweed." Tulip and Fritz chime in, "Yuck-o-rama."

Rosemary Wells (Voyage to the Bunny Planet), with her expressive, bright-eyed, chubby-cheeked animal kingdom, has once again successfully tapped into the emotional world of children. The embarrassment of bringing an uncool lunch to school! What child hasn't wanted to hide under the cafeteria table when caught with a gooey enchilada or a slice of vegetarian lentil loaf? Fortunately, Yoko's teacher concocts a plan to stop the teasing. Parents who have more ambitious hopes for their children's lunches than Fritos, PB&Js, and Oreos will be relieved to discover that the happy ending does not include Yoko's giving up her comfort meal or, more importantly, her heritage. (Ages 4 and older) --Gail Hudson

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When Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats--until one of them tries it for himself.

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