Kira-Kira [Cynthia Kadohata] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. *WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL* kira-kira (kee ra kee ra): glittering; . Glittering. That’s how Katie Takeshima’s sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through. This novel tells the story of Katie Takeshima, who was born in Iowa in Her older sister Lynn taught her to say her first word: “kira-kira,”.

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For instance, one of my earliest memories is the day Lynn saved my life. The day that Lynn dies, Katie’s usually calm and restrained father breaks into an angry rage after seeing Sammy struggle with the limp that he had from getting caught in kadojata trap. Katie eventually feels angry when she cannot satisfy her sister’s demands, but would do anything to try to please her. When their baby brother, Sammy, is born, the girls and a next door neighbor pretty much raise him.

Maybe he trusted Uncle Katsuhisa the way I trusted Lynn.

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As an adult reader, I can appreciate the struggles of Katie and her parents. I can see why so many of my friends loved this book when they were younger. The crows of Japan are famous for being mean. Kadohata movingly captures the family’s sustaining love—Lynn and Katie secretly save their treat money for years so they can help their parents buy a house, and when ailing Lynn gets to pick the house, she chooses a sky blue one, because Katie as a “little girl, Kadohata’s story soars when Katie focuses on her relationship with her family.


He did not give a hoot what President Eisenhower had to say. I really enjoyed this title, too.

We knew this because we hit him in it once the year before, and he yelped in pain and threatened to spank us. Obviously, my favorite thing about this book was the relationship between Katie and her sister, Lynn. And, he said, he could get my mother a job working in a poultry processing factory. A buttonlike scar marked one side of Uncle Katsuhisa’s nose.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. For a while as I cried I hated my parents, as if it were their fault Lynn was sick. After the front door closed, my mother said that Uncle Katsuhisa was the opposite of my father in that he didn’t look before he leapt, didn’t think at all before he made decisions. To ask other readers questions about Kira-Kiraplease sign up. Lynn helped Katie with her homework and with adjustment to school, and always told Katie how much she loved her and how special she was.

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Their parents, in an effort to accomplish their dream to own their own home, move the family to Georgia so that they can work in a poultry factory. My sister also once told me I was smart. Katie reacts to this mostly in a very good way. While Uncle hugged my mother, she turned her face away a bit, as if his loudness made her feel faint.

Lynn looked at me expectantly. Lists with This Book. In the midst of heartbreak, the family must band together and move on. See and discover other items: Retrieved 30 September Her gentle storytelling never strays from the honest voice of her young narrator.

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The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time.