Kiwa’s Eggs
Author: Makiko Usami
Specifications: ISBN  978-4591155172
167 pages
15.5 x 20.5 cm / 6.0 x 8.2 in (WxH)
Category: Children & YA
Ages: 6+
Publisher: Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2017
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Fourth-grader Satoshi is having a hard time staving off boredom during summer vacation. His parents are always tied up with the bento shop they run in the shopping district by the station, and his best friend Sōta goes to soccer practice every day, so Satoshi must spend his days alone at home, without anyone to play with.

One day his father takes him to a farm, where he learns that an elderly woman nearby named Kiwa keeps chickens and produces eggs known locally as “dream eggs” for their incomparable flavor. Satoshi decides he wants to make an omelet with these special eggs for his parents, and arranges to be paid in kind for helping Kiwa with her farm chores. From weeding to harvesting vegetables to cleaning the chicken coop, he has to learn tasks that are completely new to him, but he applies himself to his assigned jobs day after day. Before long, helping the elderly Kiwa has become his greatest source of satisfaction because of the sense of purpose it gives him. Then, when Satoshi receives his payment in eggs, he makes omelets all by himself for the first time and puts them in bentos for his parents—as his way of showing them his love.

It is a heartwarming tale that shows a young boy learning and growing through his contacts with Kiwa and her chickens as well as with others around him.