Beato Goes To Japan
written by Sucheta Rawal, illustrated by Alexandra Abagiu and Oana Vaida
Disclosure: I received a free copy from Sucheta Rawal, Author Sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD).
As luck would have it, author Sucheta Rawal visited South Africa at the beginning of this year, so I had my review copy hand-delivered! How special and such a pleasure to meet Sucheta and her husband!
Beato Goes To Japan is the fourth book in this wonderful series about a curious cat who explores different countries.
The stories are all based on Sucheta’s travels and feature local people she has actually met during her travels, like little Kazumi in this picture book about Japan.
Beato arrives in Tokyo, the largest and busiest city in the world, where he first meets Kazumi, a young Japanese girl. Kazumi offers to show Beato around the country, and together they visit beautiful cherry blossom flower gardens, a school, a restaurant, a temple, and many other exciting places.
During his travels, Beato learns calligraphy, dances with robots, meets sumo wrestlers and sleeps in a capsule hotel.
On over thirty pages, readers learn many interesting facts about Japan, its people and its culture.
My girls both being huge Sushi lovers, their favourite page was the one about typical Japanese foods. They were also intrigued by the tanuki, a Japanese racoon dog that likes to play tricks by dressing like a human.
The dynamic digital illustrations and the fun, fact-filled text make Beato Goes To Japan very appealing to Pre- as well as Elementary School children. My 2-year-old and my 5-year-old both loved it and it is currently our favourite bedtime read!
More in the “Beato Goes To” series:
My review of Beato Goes To Japan is part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019.
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