Yumi's Extraordinary Collection

Children - Grade K-3rd
38 Pages
Reviewed on 02/05/2017
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection by Elsa Takaoka revolves around the Ozaki family where Grandpa Ozaki collected whirligigs and Grandma Ozaki collected and made intricate origami. They had a huge collection of children too; eleven boys and one girl. The Ozaki children collected everything from sticks to garden snakes, and told how they found their treasures. Sayuri was the most talkative of the lot and she collected dainty teacups and fancy hats. Sayuri grew up and had children of her own and then became a grandma when Yumi was born. Would Yumi follow the family tradition and collect things? Read the book to find out about Yumi’s collection!

The story is adorable and it connects well with readers with the message that there is nothing wrong with breaking tradition and being different. Yumi’s extraordinary collection is charming and delightful, and readers will fall in love with the Ozaki family and their creativity. The illustrations are wonderful and they give a good pace and movement to the story. Yumi’s character shows readers that it is okay to be different from the rest of the family and being different is not a bad thing at all.

It is a good bedtime storybook and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The story also encourages children to have an interesting collection of their own and find happiness in collecting things. The message is simple yet important as it gives children confidence to do what they really want to do instead of following the family tradition.