Kira Kira

Kira Kira: Essay Q&A

Is the picture presented in the novel of the poultry industry accurate?   The novel has been well researched, and the picture the author presents of the poultry processing plant and the hatchery is historically accurate. Katie has been told that “poultry was one of the biggest industries supporting the economy of Georgia,” (p. 88) …

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Kira Kira: Biography

Cynthia Kadohata was born on July 2, 1956, in Chicago, to Japanese American parents. Her father immigrated to the United States in the 1920s and was sent to an internment camp during World War II, but he later served with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service. Her mother was born in California.    When Cynthia Kadohata …

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Kira Kira: Top Ten Quotes

“Sometimes, for no reason that I could see, he would suddenly stand up and clap his hands together really loudly. After he got everyone’s attention, he would just sit down again. He even made noise when he was thinking. When he was deep in thought, he had a way of turning his ears inside out …

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Kira Kira: Theme Analysis

Growing Up   Although Katie is barely twelve years old when the novel ends, she has been forced by circumstances to grow up more quickly, at least in some respects, than might be expected of a girl her age. Through the passing of her sister, she has learned to come to terms with death. She …

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Kira Kira: Metaphor Analysis

  Death   Death is foreshadowed at least three times before Lynn dies. Katie’s first encounter with death is when Uncle Katsuhisa shoots three rabbit on the camping trip. Katie is still very young, and the rabbits remind her of her favorite stuffed animal, Bera-Bera. Another foreshadowing of Lynn’s death is the story of Brenda, …

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