Yoko is eager to learn how to read, and Mama wants to help her. But they only have three picture books at home, all in Japanese. Yoko is worried that she'll be left behind when she sees the other kids in school earning leaf after leaf on the classroom book tree. Yoko and her Mama begin taking books out of the library. Mama can't read the English words, but by looking at the pictures, sounding out letters, and recognizing words from the wall at school, Yoko gradually teaches herself. In a poignant ending, Mama asks Yoko to show her how to read.
About the Author
Rosemary Wells is the award-winning author of numerous books for children, including Carry Me!; My Kindergarten; the New York Times best-selling Emily's First 100 Days of School; and several other stories about the character in this book: Yoko; Yoko's Paper Cranes; Yoko's Show-and-Tell; and Yoko Writes Her Name, which Booklist called "meaningful and delightful in equal measure" in a starred review. For more information, visit her Web site, www.rosemarywells.com.