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Kiki Kicks

Kiki Kicks

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Available October 10, 2023

"I want to be strong for the right reasons."

Kiki has watched her mama practice karate for a long time, and now she wants to learn too. She wants to become strong and steady like a mountain. The bullies at school are strong for the wrong reasons. They make Kiki feel small. But today at her first karate lesson, everything changes.

Award-winning author Jane Yolen joins forces with debut author Ariel Stemple in this picture book inspired by Stemple's own childhood experience of learning martial arts after experiencing bullying at school. This lyrical story of self-empowerment at a martial arts studio is woven around the poetic lines of Yolen's well-known poem "Karate Kid," used by educators and librarians for decades. Backmatter includes information about different karate stances and a note about how martial arts can instill confidence and strength in children.

Product Info

  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506485638
  • eBook ISBN 9781506494586
  • Age Preschool (3-5 years); Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Dimensions 8.75 x 10.25
  • Pages 32
  • Publication Date October 10, 2023