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I went to Japan and

By April 13, 2018May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog

I read aloud The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton more times in two weeks than I had in twenty years as a children’s librarian.


It turns out that architects, engineers and scientists are just as interested in STEM education through picture book read-alouds as are teachers, parents, and librarians.


That I can perfectly understand Japanese read aloud by a six-year-old when the book is Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper.



That “where to go” translates into Japanese to “toilet” and I forgot the English once and said the big cat taught the little cat “where to do her business.”

And if you give me a pretty bento box of food for a trip to Aomori on the fastest train called Shinkansen.


I will eat everything in the box even if the only thing I can identify is the rice and maybe a carrot flower.









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  • Erica Dean Glenn says:

    This is so exciting, Lisa! I’d love to hear more about your trip! And isn’t it funny that I would read this on the very day that I did a STEM themed story time for our Family Story Time program!

  • Oh, Lisa,
    I am thrilled to see THE LITTLE HOUSE cover in Japanese! You know that getting the English version note cards published for the Kerlan was one of my most satisfying accomplishments on the board “all those years ago.”

    And aren’t book clubs just the best places to make friends!

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