Arin seemed to like this book. Several times throughout the week I overheard her mimicking the sound of the shoes: kara, koro, kara, koro. I am not sure if it is just because that is a catchy sound or because she was trying to get away with saying my name! Either way, the book stuck out in her mind.
We talked about honesty versus dishonesty and what the right thing would have been for Mako to do in the situation.
Of course, we put our world map puzzle together. We found Japan on the map (that is where the story is set).
Arin also completed a lapbook for the story, which can be printed from here.
Using one of Arin's wooden blocks, which is shaped similiar to the clog in the story, we played the weather telling game. Arin couldn't kick the block off her foot, so she just tossed it in the air and watched which way it fell and then she told me what the weather would be. (Sometimes Arin thinks her mom has lost it, like when I am actually encouraging her to throw things in the house! Ahh, the things that are done for the sake of education!)