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Literature / Yoko

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Yoko is a children's book published in 1998 by Rosemary Wells. The book stars a Japanese-American kitten who is getting ready for her first day of school. Unfortunately Yoko's first day at school doesn't turn out so well when she gets teased by the other students for her lunch. Which is sushi which is Yoko's favorite food.

This is also the first book for Rosemary Well's Yoko Series and the titular character would later be the star of another book series called Yoko & Friends and would later be featured in the 2000 Nelvana Animated Adaptation of Timothy Goes to School which also adapts the story and the other books featuring the characters in the show.

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The book contains examples of the following tropes:

  • An Aesop: It has an anti-racism aesop and an aesop about accepting otherz cultures.
  • Break the Cutie: After Yoko gets teased for having sushi for lunch. Miss Jenkins finds Yoko crying alone after class.
  • The Bus Came Back: This book marks the second appearance of Timothy from "Timothy Goes To School" along with Doris and Hazel from "Hazel's Amazing Mother".
  • Character Title: Also used in the episode based on this book.
  • Cute Kitten: Yoko
  • Culture Shock: A major theme in the book
  • Dedication: Rosemary Wells dedicated this book to Junko Yokota
  • Distaff Counterpart: Yoko is basically a cat version of Timothy except she's Japanese.
  • Funny Animal: The characters are drawn this way.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: The main reason why the students dislike her sushi. Timothy is the only student that actually enjoys Yoko's sushi and doesn't tease.
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  • Very Special Book: This book tackles topics such as racism and teasing.

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