￼￼￼￼About This Book
This is a wondeful biography about Hiromi Suzuki, a Japanese-American whose father was a traditionally-trained sushi chef. Akira Suzuki grew up in Japan in a rural household with seven brothers and sisters.. He quickly understood the importance of money because his family had very little. He emigrated to the United States in the early 1960s, and started his own small restaurant in Manhattan. This book celebrates family traditions, cultural heritage, world geography, and the rich diversity of Asian and Pacific Americans. It is a wonderful heart-warming story of a rich and positive immigrant experience.
written and illustrated by Lynne Barasch
Age Range: 6 - 10 years
Grade Level: 1 and up
Lexile Measure: 600L
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books (March 1, 2007
Summary: The true story of Hiromi Suzuki, a Japanese American girl who defied tradition to train at her family’s restaurant, and who became one of the first female sushi chefs in New York.
Reviews and Recommendations:
School Library Journal -Starred Review
2008 Amelia Bloomer List
2008 Chickadee List (Maine’s Children’s Choices)
Ways to Use This Product
These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities. Examining text is perfect for two students to work on at one time making it easier for both. Through the teacher read-aloud and student group work, good books become part of a common classroom culture.
Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.
The vocabulary cards can be put on a crown or attached to a student’s back. This student then gets to ask five questions about his word and try to guess it.
This product contains the following activities:
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet and a page explaining how to use
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are four words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have students draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
One blank vocabulary map for use with words
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Word shapes with answer key
Word scramble with answer key
Spelling test (choose the correct word from four) with answer key
Word Search with answer key
Missing vowels with answer key
Missing letters with answer key
7 vocabulary words with answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Nonfiction features with answer key
Examining text with answer key
Cloze exercise with answer key
Proofreading exercise with answer key
Comprehension questions with answer key
Name that word with answer key
Looking at words with answer key
Cause and effect with answer key
Board Game with Game Cards and directions
Scrambled sentences with answer key and writing sheet
Sequence seven events with answer key and writing sheet
Three facts I learned
To think about (2 questions) with answer key
A-B-C words in book
Draw a sentence from the story
Foldable Face (can print back to back with “About Hiromi Suzuki” and have students decorate with words and/or descriptions. Have the kids draw their own picture on the front and add words or questions around the drawing to invite readers to open the flaps and get more information!
About Hiromi Suzuki (find facts and details)
Post-It Notes for Understanding
Suzuki, Hiromi, Women cooks, Sushi, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Literature Study, Literature Unit and Activities, Reading Circles
Core Curriculum Standards
RI - 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.10
RI - 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.10
RI - 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.10