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Book Title: Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman|
The author of the book: Maira Kalman
ISBN 13: 9780140541595
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 915 KB
Date of issue: October 1st 1991
Reader ratings: 6.7
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Neither my preschooler or I could "get" this book. I understand that the intention is to teach kids about Japan, but it starts with the Mikado, and what kid knows anything about Gilbert and Sullivan? And then the 2 kids decide to go to Japan so they don't have a piano lesson with Mrs. Kackleman. That is just the first two pages, then Mikado and Mrs. Kackleman are never mentioned again (so why is Mrs. K in the title?).
Then the 2 kids go to Japan. It is played like it is real, but it must be imaginary because there aren't any adults that go with them. But, of course, my preschooler thought they really went and she now thinks it is okay for kids to go on trips by themselves. And then because that is pretend, but the text doesn't explain that it is pretend, we can't tell which parts of all that great information about Japan is accurate or also pretend.
Some other reviewers have talked about how great it is that the text is written like a real child wrote it. But I found it very confusing. Here are some examples: "The quiet was so quiet that the quiet filled the air." Now, I like that kind of stuff in a nonsense book, or a silly book, but I thought this was supposed to be a fun book to learn about Japan.
And don't get me started on the artwork.
So this is a surreal book that is also trying to be silly and factual and entertaining and connect with kids and educational and culturally expanding... to the point that I don't think it does any of those things well.
Read information about the authorMaira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv and moved to New York with her family at the age of four. She has worked as a designer, author, illustrator and artist for more than thirty years without formal training. Her work is a narrative journal of her life and all its absurdities. She has written and illustrated twelve children's books including Ooh-la-la- Max in Love, What Pete Ate, and Swami on Rye . She often illustrates for The New Yorker magazine, and is well known for her collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz on the NewYorkistan cover in 2001. Recent projects include The Elements of Style (illustrated), and a monthly on-line column entitled Principles of Uncertainty for The New York Times.
She has had three exhibitions at the Julie Saul Gallery since 2003.
She lives in New York and walks a lot.
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