As you can probably guess, my daughter and I are fan of the books written Elsa Takaoka and illustrated by Catherine Toennisson.  Their new book Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection will fit right into our collection.  A beautiful story about a unique young girl trying to fit in with her family and the connections she builds with her grandma.  And of course the endearing and happy illustrations from Catherine. Read on to find out more about the book and stay to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of the book from the author plus some really cute Japanese stationary items.

*Disclosure: I received a free pdf copy of the book in order to facilitate this review but as always I only review books that I feel will be a good fit with my readers, my children or myself. You can read my full Disclosure Policy Here.*


TITLE: Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection

AUTHOR: Elsa Takaoka

ILLUSTRATOR: Catherine Toennisson

PUBLICATION DATE: Kindle – January 2017 – Print March 2017

RECOMMENDED AGES: 3-8 years old


At the heart of this story is the idea of collecting memories of loved ones.  It is a process to help bridge the gap between generations and to help those who remain to keep a memory alive.  Grandma Sayuri comes from a family of collectors.  They can collect all kinds of things from delicate procelain, frogs and even the dog collects socks.  Sayuri grows up and has kids of her own and her kids have kids and they are all collectors expect one, Yumi.  Yumi prefers drawing and doodling but after a summer spent visiting her grandma in the hospital Yumi learns that she can be a collector, a collector of stories and drawings.  Her extraordinary collection becomes one that celebrates her grandma’s life.

Here is a sneak peak into the book.  My daughter and I love the bright, colourful illustrations by Catherine Toennisson.  My daughter loved little Yumi drawing everything as it reminded her of herself. As a mom I thought the concept of celebrating her grandma’s life through stories told by members of the family and drawn by the little Yumi so precious.  It truly would be an extraordinary collection and cherished keepsake for the entire family.  I would recommend this book to parents, grandparents, teachers, and libraries as there are many themes that can be discussed.

  • Family connections through generations
  • Coping with ailing grandparents
  • Being unique and true to yourself

Now if you are interested in this book the author has graciously put together a giveaway of a signed copy of this book plus a few other Japanese goodies for my readers.  In order to enter scroll down and find the giveaway widget and login in and follow the prompts.  Good Luck!


Where to find them:

Elsa Takaoka on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog Picture Story Book.

Catherine Toennisson on Twitter, her Website Painted Deer.



1 winner will win this package.

Prize: 1 signed copy by the author of Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection plus the cute Japanese stationary you see in the photo.  Author is responsible for the prizes and mailing them out to the winner.

CONTEST CLOSES: April 15th, 2017.

OPEN TO: Internationally 18+(must have a valid email) *Canadian winner will have to answer a skill testing question*

HOW TO ENTER: Enter by entering the Gleam Giveaway Widget Below – please read the terms and conditions carefully. Must have a valid email address in order to receive the prize as author will be providing the prize.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: **NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.** A winner will be randomly drawn using the Gleam widget below and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the contest ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond in 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered, or associated with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. The prize is sponsored by author Elsa Takaoka. Author will be mailing the winner with the package as seen in photo. This giveaway is hosted and managed by Bonnie Dani from Adalinc to Life. If you have any additional questions – please send an email to bonniedani(at)adalinc(dot)org.

Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection Book & Stationary Giveaway





Bonnie is an admitted book, planner, craft, coffee and chocoholic. She spends her free time buried in books or craft supplies. When she is not creating she loves helping other women find their creative centre. Former high school teacher now she is the creator and owner of Adalinc to Life Blog and Boutique.