Inspired by the author's childhood memories of the Japanese countryside, this entrancing picture book, illustrated with beautiful watercolor drawings, tells the story of Coco-Chan, who must wait patiently for her mother to finish sewing her new kimono. As Mama stitches away, Coco-Chan's attention skips to a dragonfly at the window who beckons her outside. Stepping into the garden, Coco-Chan discovers a wonderful world where she is able to chat with the bugs and beetles among the flowers. Immediately engaging to young children, this delightful tale of a kimono literally coming to life will inspire boys and girls to seek a world of wonder just outside their doors. Quilting and fabric enthusiasts will love the beautiful kimono designs that inspired the story. Fun for kids, the book also includes a simple pattern for a cut-and-fold paper kimono.
Kumiko Sudo is an internationally acclaimed quilt and fiber artist, as well as an accomplished watercolor artist. Her work is featured in public and private collections throughout the United States, including the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City. She is the author of several books, including "Flower Origami," "Kake Jiku," and "Omiyage." She lives in San Diego, California.