Meredith Stephens of Tokushima University shares her experience in using Suzanne Kamata’s A Girls’ Guide to the Islands to teach English as a Foreign Language. In the most recent Journal of Literature in Language Teaching, she reminds us that language goes beyond a simple communication function and holds an aesthetic of its own. A work such as this “provides an entree into language as art.” Stephens goes on to describe the additional power of using texts that are relevant and localized. Her students are in the second year General Education classes learning English in Japan, and they respond to familiar places while acquiring new language skills. Suzanne Kamata is a master of the narrative, and this article underlines the point: there is no better tool to teach than a good story.