Family, Read Your World

Sumo Joe By Mia Wenjen

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Back of Book:
On Saturday mornings, Sumo Joe is a gentle big brother to his little sister. But on Saturday afternoons, he and his friends are sumo wrestlers! They tie on makeshift mawashi belts, practice drills like teppo, and compete in their homemade dohyo ring. They even observe sumo’s ultimate rule: no girls allowed! But when Sumo Joe’s little sister wants to join in the fun, Sumo Joe is torn between the two things he’s best at: sumo, and being a big brother.
I received a copy of this picture copy of this picture book from Lee and Low books in exchange for an honest review.
I have been following Mia on her blog Pragmatic Mom for several years and am thrilled that she has entered the world of writing kidlit.
I loved this fun informational story that blends together knowledge of Sumo wrestling, with the importance of family. Joe loves practicing Sumo with his friends. He is, however, relucent when his sister asks to join in. By the end of the story, Joe realizes that everyone can enjoy practicing the art of Sumo. The text is written is a simple scheme that allows readers to follow along easily. The back of the book has a note from the author that shares more about Sumo with readers. The back of the book also has a glossary of definitions along with pictures of the different moves described. The illustrations by Nat Iwata are bright and detailed. They bring the Sumo moves to life.
This is a fantastic diverse picture book to share in the classroom or at home.
Ages 5

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