Greatest of All: A Japanese Folktale

Greatest of All: A Japanese Folktale

by Eric A. Kimmel, Giora Carmi, Giora Carmi
     
 

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A mouse father, in search of the mightiest husband for his daughter, approaches the emperor, the sun, a cloud, the wind, and a wall before the unexpected victor finally appears.

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A mouse father, in search of the mightiest husband for his daughter, approaches the emperor, the sun, a cloud, the wind, and a wall before the unexpected victor finally appears.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kimmel ( Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock ; Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins ) concisely retells this pleasant if low-key tale of a self-important mouse who lives in the emperor's palace and dresses in fine silk. He refuses to allow his daughter to marry a humble field mouse, announcing that whomever she marries ``must be the greatest of all.'' His quest to find the individual who fits this description begins with the emperor, who sends him to bright Sun, who defers to Cloud, who insists that Wind is far greater than he: ``When Wind blows, clouds scatter.'' In the end, of course, the mouse discovers that it is not these powerful forces but the hard-working field mouse who deserves his daughter's hand. Warm colors and distinctive texture mark Carmi's ( And Shira Imagined ; The Chanukkah Guest ) illustrations, which include effective renderings of the anthropomorphic natural elements. Ages 3-8. ( Oct. )
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Ko Nezumi; the name means Humble Mouse in Japanese, and modesty and patience are the lessons of this quaint tale. Lovely Chuko has chosen her worthy husband, but Father Mouse is not convinced that the man of his daughter's dreams is the greatest of all. And surely his daughter should have the greatest of all. Papa takes a long and circular trek to find his precious daughter a husband. Superb details abound in the full-page sketches providing the particulars on ancient Japanese architecture, costume, and design.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823412037
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.85(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile:
AD250L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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