The Magic Ear

The Magic Ear

by Laura Langston, Victor Bosson
     
 

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Based on a traditional Japanese folktale, The Magic Ear is a timeless story of true nobility and the importance of respect for all life, however humble. This audio enhaced edition features read aloud narration by the author, Laura Langston and an evocative soundscape. Recommended reading ages: 4-10See more details below

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Based on a traditional Japanese folktale, The Magic Ear is a timeless story of true nobility and the importance of respect for all life, however humble. This audio enhaced edition features read aloud narration by the author, Laura Langston and an evocative soundscape. Recommended reading ages: 4-10

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Hoderi is a poor young Japanese gardener, honest, kind and happy. While walking along the beach, Hoderi saves a baby sea beam (a type of fish) floundering in the shallows. He is then summoned to the dragon king's palace beneath the sea, where the king rewards Hoderi for saving his daughter. Hoderi reluctantly accepts a reward of a magic ear (shell) and is returned to land. With the help of the animals and the magic ear, Hoderi then heals a nobleman's daughter and discovers enough wealth to make her his bride. The full-page illustrations are richly detailed and bright with fall colors.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-Hoderi, a poor, honest gardener for a Japanese nobleman, saves the life of a small fish, who turns out to be a sea princess. When the sea king presses him to accept a reward, he modestly asks for a conch shell he sees in the palace. This is the magic ear that enables him to understand the language of animals, restore the health of his employer's daughter, and ultimately cross class barriers to marry her (though readers are never told what her thoughts or feelings are). Not quite an original story and not quite a folktale, this is is a pastiche of ``The Magic Listening Cap'' (see Yoshiko Uchida's The Magic Listening Cap [Creative Arts, 1987]), with rescue and reward motifs from other folk literature. The story works well in Langston's warm, cadenced prose. Folklorists may carp at the conflation, as may naturalists at some of the details (e.g., Hoderi's mode of transport to the sea kingdom is a freshwater fish). The setting is attractively evoked in Bosson's autumnal watercolors. They are heavily indebted to Edo print masters Sharaku and the 19th-century ``Decadents,'' but touches of Hiroshige, Hokusai, and even Kiyonaga can be detected. The pictures portray the salient episodes of the story as well as things children would want to see. A largely successful hybrid.-John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988072671
Publisher:
Crow Cottage Publishing
Publication date:
11/25/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
35
File size:
49 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

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