Reuniting With an Old Friend

Our Tuesday Fox often suggests topics referring to books we’ve either read or want to read. This time, she asked us to name a book from our youth that we’d like to own now. I really struggled with this topic. I think I’ve mentioned that I rarely re-read books, just as I don’t like to re-watch movies. Even though I had favorites, I’ve never had the desire to go back and spend time on something that I’ve already lived through, other than instruction books and photo albums. That said, I tend to keep things that have sentimental value to me, and there’s one book that stands out as one I like to refer to when showing people about my Japanese heritage. 

Three years ago, we were asked to name books that influenced us, and I mentioned a book called Taro and the Tofu by Masako Matsuno. You can find that post HERE. At that time, I explained that this was the first book I owned that illustrated the culture that my mother came from, as well as my dad’s parents. I ended my post by saying that I intended to purchase the book to read to my youngest grandkids. 

Apparently, that plan never made it to my to-do list, because I didn’t get around to purchasing the book, and I haven’t read it to my grandkids, who are now ten and seven years old. But when I saw this topic on the schedule, I remembered that plan, and I immediately began to search for it. Since I’ve often mentioned this title, it occurred to me that my references would hold more weight if I had an actual copy of the book. I was astonished to find several copies available, and selected one that purported to be in “very good” condition. When the book arrived, it was like greeting an old friend. I haven’t yet read it. I want to share it with my kids and grandkids. I have it in the guest bedroom, so that the next time the grandkids come to spend the night here I’ll suggest it for bedtime reading. 

My book arrived this past week, and I’m excited to share it with my grandkids.

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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9 Responses to Reuniting With an Old Friend

  1. How darling. It looks like a book I would certainly would have liked as a child. I am glad that you found a nice copy.
    I have several old books, and picked up a few that were lost to the family. I really can’t splurge to pick up all.In fact, several are impossible to find.
    I will have to go over the topic for this week. I didn’t see it coming. I hope there is an angle I can use and not repeat myself.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I loved that quote from your mom about the book: “the water is not different… your ears are different.” [paraphrased].
    It’s hard for me to imagine having parents and grandparents from such a different culture… especially during a time when many / most of the family encountered prejudice of one type or another. But I can sense the wonder if a child’s eyes (and ears) at being able to experience samples of that culture (which they’d only heard about, I assume).
    I hope you soon have an opportunity to share this newly-acquired book with some of your youngest generation.

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  3. I, unlike you, Patricia, love to watch good movies over and over. Same with books. You can’t soak it all in the first time you read it or watch it. When you watch a movie again, you see things you didn’t the first time around. The same with books. You understand more when you reread them. That’s way it’s so important for us to keep reading the Bible over and over.

    The book I’d like most to own from my childhood days is “The Boxcar Children.”


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I loved the Boxcar Children, and I read it to my own daughters when they were young. I suppose that’s one of the few I’ve actually re-read. Since it’s a classic, that title is easy to find, both in bookstores and at the library. But I really didn’t expect to find Taro and the Tofu anywhere! Thanks for weighing in.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I’ll bet your grandchildren will love it. My granddaughter liked to be read to, but my grandson had no time for it. He always wanted to be on the go.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      My grandkids still enjoy being read to, even though they’re both excellent readers. They’re close with my mother and are curious about the land that their grandma and great-grandma came from, so I think they might enjoy this story.


  5. It looks like it is in great condition. Let us know how your grandkids like it when you do read it to them.


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