by Taro Yashima
Read March 2009
This book is really cute. Simple, yet beautiful illustrations. Momo is a two-year-old Japanese girl born in New York. Her mother and father were born in Japan. The book has many Japanese letters/word in it with the English translations. For her 3rd birthday, Momo recieves a pair of rubber rain boots and an umbrella. She loves them.
Momo keeps trying to find reasons to use her umbrella; the sun in in her eyes, the wind is blowing…etc. Her mother insists that she must wait until the rain, it will come soon enough.
Finally the rain comes and Momo is estatic. She puts on her boots and grabs her umbrella and rushes outside. She loves the way the rain sounds on her umbrella. She keeps reminding herself that she ‘must walk straight like a grown-up lady.’
Momo grows up and doesn’t remember the story of her first day with her umbrella, but it was an important day. “It was also the first day she walked alone, without holding either her mother or father’s hand.”
Very cute story. Yashima was given the Caldecott honor for this book in 1959.