Sumo Counting

Little Bigfoot. (Little Sumo). Sept. 2021. 22p. Board. $9.99. ISBN 9781632173126.
PreS-K–Young Japanese language-learners will be charmed as they pick up vocabulary with a bunch of little sumo wrestlers. Sumo Opposites presents pairs of words on facing pages (“Up/Down,” “Awake/Asleep,” “Cold/Hot”) along with the Japanese character for each and its transliteration. More substantive is the counting book, which covers numbers one to 10, 50, and 100 and highlights vocabulary related to sumo wrestlers and their training.
VERDICT Roly-poly mini-wrestlers going about their day make for a sweet introduction to Japanese culture and language.

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