A Carp for Kimiko

Item # 152230.

Written by Virginia Kroll. Illustrated by Katherine Roundtree.

This is a story of a young girl's struggle against the strong current of tradition.

Every year on May 5th in Japan a kite in the shape of a carp (koinoborii) is flown for each boy in the family. Kimiko is a little girl who desperately wants an orange, black, and white koinobori of her own to fly on this holiday.

Kimiko's parents remind her that there is a holiday just for girls–Doll's Festival Day, but this does not stop Kimiko from dreaming about and wishing for her very own carp. The magical ending achieves the impossible–Kimiko gets what she longs for without breaking tradition.

Paper: 32 pp.

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