Danbi Leads the School Parade
Danbi Leads the School Parade
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Danbi Leads the School Parade

Written and illustrated by Anna Kim
Published by Viking Books For Young Readers
Prices as of Jan 19

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A beautifully optimistic tale of the first day of school in America for a young girl from Korea.

Even before readers reach the first page, Kim masterfully sets the stage of this inspiring story through masterful use of endpapers and the title page. Readers first see young Danbi tenderly hugging an older woman wearing a hanbok; her parents stand close by with large suitcases. On the title page, Danbi sits with her parents in a miniature airplane flying toward a patchwork depiction of America. On the next page, Danbi holds her mother’s hand as they approach a big building that is clearly Danbi’s new school. The school morning is rough. Danbi struggles with understanding her teacher and the activities of her classmates. When lunch arrives, she is relieved to think she finally knows what to do, but while her classmates unpack sandwiches from paper bags, Danbi’s traditional bento box is filled with foods like dumplings and rice cakes. Seeing her classmates are curious, Danbi tries to teach them to use chopsticks. Though unsuccessful, the outreach leads to an impromptu music session that spills out of the classroom and into the playground as Danbi leads them all in a parade. Literally from cover to cover Kim imbues this story with character and charm. Her beautiful illustration style features gray and white backgrounds that focus readers’ attention on her characters, each of whom—from Danbi to her family to her teacher and classmates—demonstrate rich personality through details like hair, clothing, facial expressions, and twisting movements. Kim fills this story of diversity and immigration with tenderness and hope.

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Publication Date
July 7, 2020
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Reading Age
3 - 7 years
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