What a wonderful me!


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Pub Date 22 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2022

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Enjoy this picture book with poems by Kusunoki Kigenori about self-affirmation and diversity.

Kusunoki Kigenori, a former elementary school teacher and picture book artist, has turned poems he has read to children into a picture book!

We hope that children today will be able to feel "wonderful" about themselves and others.

These poems are filled with warm messages, and the richly expressive pictures remind us that each child is different and everyone is special.

This is a book for children who are entering school, moving on to the next grade, or graduating, and who are wondering what it means to be themselves.

Japanese Description






Enjoy this picture book with poems by Kusunoki Kigenori about self-affirmation and diversity.

Kusunoki Kigenori, a former elementary school teacher and picture book artist, has turned poems he has...

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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9784418228102
PRICE JP¥1,430 (JPY)

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What a Wonderful Me! is a fun book about how there is only one ME and all are special. I liked the book's positive message. I also enjoyed that each line of text also included the Japanese.

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This was a darling story. I loved the message “there is only one me.” The illustrations were colorful and would attract children of all ages. I enjoyed how it had two languages woven in.
As a teacher, I would add this story to my collection. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

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Representation: 10
Story: 10
Illustration: 10

What a Wonderful Me! is a great book to help children develop self-esteem and socio-emotional skills. I loved that it is written in both English and Japanese… If anything, I wish they had given us a melody for the song at the end.

** Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest review. **

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I requested this book to practice my Japanese with and it's completely adorable. Both the hiragana and english are easy to read and the illustrations are cute.

I believe this would be a perfect picture book for young kids.

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Ok so I mainly requested this book to practice my hiragana reading, it's not as easy to find children level Japanese books around. But the illustrations were just so cute. Overall it's a very entertaining children's book. It definitely shows the distinct Japanese literature, which is different from the western ones. Very lovely.

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This was a really cute read about embracing our specialness no matter our age! Also, I think it's great that this is a Japanese title dealing with this topic since uniformity is often valued in Japan even among children.

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Thank you Netgalley and Sekai Bunka Publishing Inc for providing me with this copy. I am grateful but my thoughts are my own.

What a wonderful me! is my first Japanesse translated children book. It is adorable and fill with dual languages short poetic sentences. The illustrations is colorful and adorable. I can see this book interest our children expecially when they all intriguing with the idea to learn another language. I will appreciate additional list hiragana and katakana to enrich the reading experience.

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A lovely picture book that portrays sense of worth in a young child. Such an important thing for a child to learn to give them confidence, bravery, and justification in life. I also love that it in both languages.

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Beautiful illustrations partially make up for a bland storyline. While message is certainly valuable, it is presented very simply.

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What a wonderful me! is a beautiful story about being yourself told from the perspective of a child; each child has their own specialties, which I believe Kusunogi-san wishes to convey through this book, which is complemented by beautiful illustrations by Yoko-San. But what I like best is that the Hiragana text includes its English translation, which makes me want to learn Japanese all over again.

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A cut kids book with lovely illustrations and a heartwarming song.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Thanks to Sekai Bunka Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced copy!

Not too much to say about this one. It was a simple story with sweet illustrations. In the whole wide world there is only one “you”. You are special and irreplaceable! The translations are accurate, and I love that I was able to practice reading hiragana while reading this. It’s truly a cute little story!

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