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 Gigi and Ojiji (I Can Read! Level 3, Gigi and Ojiji)
 Author: Iwai, Melissa

 Publisher:  Harper (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 31 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 481521 ISBN: 9780063208063
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Grandparent-grandchild relationship -- Fiction
 Racially mixed people -- Fiction
 Japanese Americans -- Fiction

Price: $4.91

Gigi, a biracial six-year old girl, hopes to learn about her Japanese culture from her grandfather when he comes to visit. But her plans don't work out quite the way she'd hoped. And her grandpa doesn't seem to like her dog, Roscoe. Will Gigi find a way to connect with her Ojiji?

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 521617

   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/22)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/04/22)
   Booklist (+) (03/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2022 *Starred Review* Gigi is so excited! Today, Ojiji (Grandpa) is coming from Japan to live with her family. She has so many ideas for them to do together—playing tag, reading books, and teaching her dog new tricks. But Gigi’s plans are almost immediately scuttled when they pick Ojiji up from the airport. Not only does Ojiji need help adjusting to life in America, Gigi’s afraid he doesn’t like her! Gigi spills all her worries to her mother, who explains that some things are done differently in Japan. For instance, people often bow rather than hug. Feeling reassured, Gigi’s excitement returns along with some new plans for her time with Ojiji. As a level 3 reader, this book for independent readers uses longer sentences and more complex vocabulary, but the text is well supported by the endearing illustrations, which capture all of Gigi’s big emotions and depict her as a biracial child, with a white father and Japanese mother. A sweet rapport begins to develop between the girl and her grandfather by story’s end, giving this tale of relatable worries a comforting end. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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