Kira-Kira [Cynthia Kadohata] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. *WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL* kira-kira (kee ra kee ra): glittering; . Glittering. That’s how Katie Takeshima’s sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through. This novel tells the story of Katie Takeshima, who was born in Iowa in Her older sister Lynn taught her to say her first word: “kira-kira,”.

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All of them work at the chicken hatchery. Therefore, the running joke in my family is that I am forever a child. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Rhapsody, got Honey, I love.

He’d thought many weeks before deciding to move us to Georgia. In the midst of heartbreak, the family must band together and move on. Kira-Kira is the story of the Japanese-American Takeshima family, told from the point of view of Katie, the youngest daughter.

His brother was four years older than he was.

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Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Feb 01, Karrie rated it really liked it Shelves: Which means all the children in the country celebrate my birthday every year. I read the book and enjoyed it. Product details Age Range: This heart wrenching story is one that I will soon not forget.

The feelings of Katie, the protagonist with respect to her sister Lynnie are particularly vynthia. She tells innocently, yet with realization, the truths about the prejudice that she encounters, and that her family encounters.


Today I keep her diary in a drawer next to my bed. I knew this because one day I asked her, “Are you a genius? When he was deep in thought, he had a way of turning his ears inside out so they looked kind of deformed. Lynn said Uncle Katsuhisa was an odd fish. Puns are always kia-kira, aren’t they? Any young child who regularly heard people use this expression correctly and who would pick up the accent as Katie is supposed to have done would also use the expression correctly.

A very simple but touching story about the experiences of a young Japanese American girl growing up in Georgia.

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After a couple of months Lynn gets very sick and is unable to go to school. Kadohata’s story soars when Katie focuses on her relationship with her family. Another reason I was interested in this book is because of the original meaning of ‘kira-kira’ in Japanese, which is ‘glittering’. See all cyhthia by Cynthia Kadohata. When Lynn makes friends, she even allows her younger sister to join in the group.

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When it’s obvious that she won’t recover, Katie experiences real grief for the first time in her young life. Kira-Kira has nothing to do with dogs. We knew this because we hit him in it once the year before, and he yelped in pain and threatened to spank us. So is Katie when she moved to America from Japan and when her sister died.


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She is very close to her siblings, Lynn and Kadohaga, and their lives revolve around each other. In any case, the pronuniciation was so bad by the reader, it grated on my nerves each time a Japanese word was mispronounced, and I didn’t get past the first few chapters and ended up not completing the book.

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But I liked the setting and the plot. When Katie is a very small child, Lynn teaches her the title word, Kira-Kira, which is the Japanese word for glittery or shiny. Her soft face turned hard and glasslike, as if it could break into pieces if something hit it. The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm. As an adult reader, I can appreciate the struggles of Katie and her parents.

I agree with the reviewer who said in a review from January