Perfect for early learning, this fun board book in the Little Sumo series, from the creator of the Little Kunoichi series, features sumo wrestlers that introduce children to counting and shares elements of Japanese culture that will enrich readers of all ages.
Take a peek into the lives of sumo wrestlers in this adorable counting book! Simple, charming scenes within the sumo stable let young readers practice numbers from one to ten, fifty, and one hundred, while they learn how sumo wrestlers do chores, practice, sleep, bathe, and eat together. Each page features a Japanese word related to sumo culture, as well as the number in English and Japanese.
September 7, 2021
Up to Preschool
SANAE ISHIDA writes, sews, draws, and takes photos almost every day. She lives with her husband and daughter in Seattle. She is the author of the sewing books Sewing Love, Sewing Happiness
, and Animal Friends to Sew
, as well as the Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl picture book series, and Little Sumo, a board book series. Both she and her daughter have too many handmade clothes. Find out more about her work at SanaeIshida.com.
"Roly-poly mini-wrestlers going about their day make for a sweet introduction to Japanese culture and language."--School Library Journal
"Textured illustrations of charming young Japanese sumo wrestlers are the highlight of this appealing board book… communicate(s) a remarkable amount about Japanese sumo culture in these colorful vignette"--Kirkus Reviews
"I love how Japanese words, including sumo terms, are woven into the story of this cute counting board book."--Pragmatic Mom
"the illustrations are beyond cute"--Tiny Beans
"I’m a Japanese speaker and enjoyed the presentation of sumo culture in these creatively illustrated and thoughtfully written board books by Sanae Ishida. I even learned a few new words!"--The International Examiner