A brief post on the 16th book of Billie B Brown series, "The Copycat kid" . Mika, a new Japanese student joins Billie's class and Billie is appointed to be her buddy.
Illustrating this book reminded me of when I immigrated to New Zealand with my family 22 years ago. I really hated everything about being Japanese, I just wanted to fit in and be a kiwi, so I tried so hard to hide my japanese-ness (impossible really). I was 8 then, I didn't copy anyone's outfit but I did copy friend's essays (only during primary school!!)... while I let them copy my math answers and let me do their art works. A fair deal I thought at the time.
Billie and friends checking out the new student
Mika and Billie's introduction
Billie not so happy about being Mika's Buddy