Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Wee Reads: Karate Kakapo by Loredana Cunti

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 

Karate KakapoKarate Kakapo by Loredana Cunti


Kakapo is crazy about karate. No student at her dojo tries harder or practices more. She loves the blocks, the strikes, the stances. And she especially loves the super-fast kicks: the running kicks, the jumping kicks, the side kicks ... but no amount of practice can help her conquer the elusive flying kick. You see, kakapos can't fly. Despite this, Kakapo works hard on everything else to perfect her skills. She has earned every belt from yellow to green to blue to red. And now it's time for the most difficult karate challenge of all: the black belt test. Kakapo is ready. After all, she has practiced as much as any bird could and mastered all the moves. Except that one, of course. But surely the senseis won't ask her to do a flying kick. Will they?
Loredana Cunti's adorable Kakapo discovers (with a little help from a kind teacher!) that sometimes seeing a problem from a different perspective can help you solve it. It's a wonderful model for children facing obstacles in their own lives, and a great example of a growth mindset. It aligns with social studies lessons on self-awareness and personal development. Award-winning cartoonist Stacy Curtis's illustrations of a kakapo doing karate are hilarious and full of energy, and just might inspire some new students of karate (or other martial arts). The art was reviewed by a karate expert to ensure the moves are accurately portrayed. This playful and funny picture book is perfect for storytime. It also makes a great choice for character education lessons on self-discipline and perseverance.

Do you like this book?

Yeah because the bird does karate! HYAH!

What's your favorite part of the book?

When she did the flying side kick and yelled KA-KA-POW!!!

What do you think of the cover?

I like the bird!

This is a sweet book about a kakapo who wants to get her black belt. She knows all the karate moves except one. The flying side kick.

When it comes time to do the test to become a black belt they tell him he has to do the flying side kick. It takes everything in him but he finally does it. 

It's a great book about believing in yourself. 

The artwork and colors are adorable. And Finn really seemed to love it. 

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Loredana Cunti was born the middle child between two brothers in an Italian immigrant family. She was raised in the countryside outside of Kleinburg, Ontario and counts feeding chickens and checking well water as some of her chores.

She is passionate about sharing stories of culture and family through food. She loves inventing stories around fun facts, coaching kids’ soccer, eating cake, cooking, and listening to all kinds of music. Her hobby is learning about festive foods and a few words in any language she can. She plans to keep writing as long as the little friends in her brain want her to tell their stories.

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