Japanese Children's Favorite Stories

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Stories that delight the children of one land are sure to delight children everywhere. In the present volume are collected twenty of Japan's most-loved children's stories, told over and over again in many versions to the never-ending delight of children, generation after generation. Here are the playful goblins with long noses; the magic teakettle with badger feet and badger tail; Little One-Inch and his needle-sword; and many more beloved characters.

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Overview

Stories that delight the children of one land are sure to delight children everywhere. In the present volume are collected twenty of Japan's most-loved children's stories, told over and over again in many versions to the never-ending delight of children, generation after generation. Here are the playful goblins with long noses; the magic teakettle with badger feet and badger tail; Little One-Inch and his needle-sword; and many more beloved characters.

In response to the wide acclaim from teachers, parents, and children alike all over the world for the first edition of this book, it has now been completely revised, with new stories, and with entirely new illustrations throughout by Yoshisuke Kurosaki, one of Japan's most noted illustrators of children's books. The 90 new and charming illustrations, including 12 in full color, are in the typical Japanese style, adding double interest and authenticity to the fascinating stories themselves.

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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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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804802840
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/1953
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.74 (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 Publisher's 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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