This delightfully illustrated multicultural children's book presents Japanese fairy tales and other folk stories that children and parents alike will love.
Welcome to a fantastic world populated by mischievous monkeys, a dragon king, and a host of other beloved characters who have lived on for centuries in the traditional tales of Japan.
Drawn from Japanese folklore passed down from generation to generation, the ten enchanting stories collected in this volume have been lovingly retold for today's readers. Vibrantly illustrated and full of thrilling adventure, funny discoveries, and important lessons, they're sure to become story time favorites. Included are some of Japan's best-loved stories:
- The Spider Weaver
- Little One-Inch
- The badger and the Magic Fan
- Mr. Lucky Straw
- Why the Jellyfish Has No Bones
- The Old Man Who Made Trees Blossom
- And many more!
Florence Sakade was an experienced editor and author of numerous books about Japan, including Tuttle Publishing's Kintaro's Adventures and Other Japanese Children's Stories, Peach Boy and Other Japanese Children's Stories, and Urashima Taro and Other Japanese Children's Stories.
Yoshisuke Kurosaki was one of Japan's most noted illustrators of children's books. He also illustrated Peach Boy and Other Japanese Children's Stories.
"The books have a generous, easy-to-handle size and the text is produced in a large font. Charmingly decorated endpapers welcome readers. All of the artwork—consisting of numerous full-page pictures and smaller detail illustrations.—is in color. The delicate paintings blend traditional images with touches of gentle humor. Incorporating straightforward language and clear dialogue, the retellings are accessible to youngsters and read aloud smoothly." —School Library Journal