Japanese Children's Favorite Stories Book One

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Playful goblins with long noses, magic tea kettles and a delightfully brave hero who just happens to be one inch tall-these are some of the wonderful characters you'll meet in this collection of the 20 best-loved Japanese children's stories. Drawn from folklore and passed down for generations, these classic tales speak of the virtues of hard work, humility, kindness and good humor-"Once upon a time . . ." has never sounded so inviting.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of one ...

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Overview

Playful goblins with long noses, magic tea kettles and a delightfully brave hero who just happens to be one inch tall-these are some of the wonderful characters you'll meet in this collection of the 20 best-loved Japanese children's stories. Drawn from folklore and passed down for generations, these classic tales speak of the virtues of hard work, humility, kindness and good humor-"Once upon a time . . ." has never sounded so inviting.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of our all-time best-selling titles. With a new foreword, each story has been lovingly revised and reset, and all the sparkling illustrations appear in color for the very first time. With so many enchanting stories to choose from, young readers will have a delightful time deciding which is their very favorite.

This classic book has had 51 reprints and sold over 175,000 copies since it was first released in 1953. Other titles in our growing series of Asian Children's Favorite Stories include Favorite Children's Stories from China and Tibet, Balinese Children's Favorite Stories and Filipino Children's Favorite Stories.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Filled with now-familiar favorites, such as "Peach Boy" and "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow," along with lesser-known yet equally delightful tales, such as "Mr. Lucky Straw," this enduring collection presents 20 stories to enchant and enlighten young readers."—School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
Japanese Children's Favorite Stories, ed. by Florence Sakade, covers a range of characters, human and animal, from the "peach boy" who grows up to conquer a tribe of ogres, to the badger whose nose grows so long it reaches into the sky. These folktales from Japan feature fascinating characters and lessons of kindness and honesty. Originally published in 1953, this revised edition has all-new illustrations by Yoshisuke Kurosaki, which play up the magical qualities of the tales. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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K-Gr 3-Fifty years after its initial publication, Sakade's compilation of popular Japanese folktales has been dusted off and prettied up for this new, third edition. Filled with now-familiar favorites, such as "Peach Boy" and "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow," along with lesser-known yet equally delightful tales, such as "Mr. Lucky Straw," this enduring collection presents 20 stories to enchant and enlighten young readers. Several of the tales can easily be compared with traditional Western counterparts: the main character in "Silly Saburo," for example, mirrors the follies of "Lazy Jack." Although a few of these tales have been made into fully illustrated picture books, this collection is greater than the sum of its parts. Minor text revisions have little effect on the stories, for the most part. "The Ogre and the Cock" has become "The Ogre and the Rooster," a "blue goblin" has been made over to green, and a formerly dead cat has been resuscitated and upgraded to merely "smelly." The text remains simple, clear, and accessible to beginning readers and storytellers alike. The "sparkling new color illustrations" are simply Kurosaki's original stylized scenes, repainted in bright dabs of watercolor. Most libraries will be glad to replace their well-worn older copies with this volume, in spite of (or perhaps because of) the fact that they are nearly identical inside.-Eve Ortega, Cypress Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804834490
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Florence Sakade is the editor and author of numerous books on Japan, including A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese; Origami: Japanese Paper Folding; Kintaro's Adventures and Other Japanese Children's Favorite Stories; and Urashima Taro and Other Japanese Children's Stories.

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Table of Contents

* New Preface
* Original Publisheræs Foreword
* Peach Boy
* The Magic Tea Kettle
* Monkey-Dance and Sparrow-Dance
* The Long-nosed Goblins
* The Rabbit in the Moon
* The Tongue-cut Sparrow
* Silly Saburo
* The Toothpick Warriors
* The Sticky-Sticky Pine
* 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
* The Crab and the Monkey
* The Ogre and the Cock
* The Rabbit Who Crossed the Sea
* The Grateful Statues
* The Bobtail Monkey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Cultural Treasure Chest

    As a child, I owned an earlier edition of this book and now my children enjoy the stories. The illustrations are fabulous and the stories give us countless reasons to engage in conversations about Japanese culture and beliefs. I'm getting each of them their own copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    As all fairy tales - priceless!!!

    The tales in this book are great as all the world's fairy tales, and although they are Japanese, children will readily relate to them as they do the fairy tales from their own culture.

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