Natsumi! (Hardcover)

By Susan Lendroth, Priscilla Burris (Illustrator)

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399170904, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List

“Natsumi's effervescent personality means she is a bit too energetic for her family's quiet tasks of flower picking, tea pouring, and traditional Japanese dancing. With her grandfather's help, she may just find the perfect activity to match her big personality so she can participate in her village's upcoming festival. Natsumi! is a sensational celebration of culture, identity, and family.”
— Emma McAndrew, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
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Natsumi is small but full of big exuberance, and puts her girl-power to good use when she discovers a Japanese tradition as energetic as she is.

When Natsumi's family practices for their town's Japanese arts festival, Natsumi tries everything. But her stirring is way too vigorous for the tea ceremony, her dancing is just too imaginative, and flower arranging doesn't go any better. Can she find just the right way to put her exuberance to good use?

This heartwarming tale about being true to yourself is perfect for readers who march to their own beat.

About the Author

Susan Lendroth combined her daughter's often over-the-top curiosity and exuberance with her fascination with an all-girl taiko drumming group she saw on a trip to Japan to create Natsumi's story. She lives in Sierra Madre, California. Priscilla Burris graduated from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, studying Illustration, Design and Merchandising. Since then, she's illustrated several children's books. / @priscilladesign /