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The Children's Book Podcast

Jul 26, 2019

Mia Wenjen (@pragmaticmom) and Nat Iwata (@NatIwata) share SUMO JOE. SUMO JOE is a story told in rhyme about a boy and his friends upholding a centuries-old tradition considered through a modern lens. It’s the first picture book I’ve read that addresses the practice of sumo and it does so against challenges to gender restrictions while providing a historical context. I’m especially impressed with the economy of words at work here. With the help of Nat’s illustrations, Mia accomplishes breadth and depth on the topic using just a handful of words. The result is a story that’s easy to read over and over and easy to enjoy for an even wider audience. You can access even more information about this book and its author and illustrator by visiting Thank you to this week's sponsors: Kidlit These Days Storyteller Academy Bharat Babies And to the generous support from our Patrons. --- Send in a voice message: