My daughter loves pink. When asked for tanabata what she wants to wish to be, she always chooses "Pink". When pressed she might amend it to "Pink Gokaija" (pink power ranger). But every answer to every question is pink.
That's why the book we chose last night, Red is Best (CN, JP, US), really resonated with me.
In the book, the author's daughter Kelly describes just why red is best. Red mittens, red boots, red jacket, everything red! The power of red makes everything better, apparently.
Of course, Domba didn't agree with the book. "No!" she cried. "Pink is best! Pink mittens, pink ball, pink jacket." I'm not a big fan of pink, but I am a huge fan of debate. Looks like she is made of the same stubborn stock as me, and I couldn't be more thrilled.
Now, I'm sure you are thinking this is an odd choice of book for someone suffering through 33C heat and 87% humidity, right? Actually, Japanese tradition holds that you should think of cold things in the summer. The obi I have for my yukata is a lovely purple with a snowman pattern to evoke feelings of coolness. I think ghost stories are for near Halloween but in Japan they are for summer, so the chills will cool you down.
The part I liked the best was that Spinky could read the last line all by himself by sounding it out. Woohoo!!!
I read this on a break from The Birth House for the Under The Midnight Sun Readathon. It kind of feels like cheating, but the author is Canadian, the clothes the character wears are very Canadian, and all three of us enjoyed it so I hope it counts!
Red is Best by Kathy Stinson and Robin Baird Lewis
5th Canadian Book Challenge 1/13