Outfoxed Fox: Based on a Japanese Kyogen

Outfoxed Fox: Based on a Japanese Kyogen

by Tim J. Myers, Ariel Ya-wen Pang
     
 

Hundreds of years ago in the mountains of Japan, there lived a hunter who trapped many foxes. People warned him that foxes were cunning creatures that possessed great magic, but he ignored them. One day, the bossy old fox leader declared they must stop the hunter and that he had the perfect plan. But a young fox with crooked whiskers knew that a simple plan is

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Overview

Hundreds of years ago in the mountains of Japan, there lived a hunter who trapped many foxes. People warned him that foxes were cunning creatures that possessed great magic, but he ignored them. One day, the bossy old fox leader declared they must stop the hunter and that he had the perfect plan. But a young fox with crooked whiskers knew that a simple plan is often best. To prove it, he showed both the hunter and the leader just how cunning a fox can be! Whimsical illustrations rendered in pencil, water-color, oil paint, and colored pencil by Ariel Ya-Wen Pang add to the charm of this Japanese tale based on a traditional kyogen. An author’s note is included.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
Besides being a tale with a traditional and moral message, this is a good all-around story to read or be read. Hundreds of years ago, a family of Japanese foxes assembles under the leadership of the eldest member. At issue is a certain huntsman who is trapping foxes. What can be done to stop him? A young fox with crooked whiskers speaks up, suggesting they appear to the hunter in a dream and frighten him away. As we all know, certain cultures believe that foxes possess great magic and are able to take on many forms—even human. The leader ridicules the young fox's idea as being too simple. Then, since there are no other suggestions, the eldest fox decides to trick the hunter by becoming his uncle. The hunter finally consents and vows to stop the trapping—but how far has the fox magic gone? Continue reading for a clever twist of the tale and see that simple methods are usually best in the long run. Pang's illustrations are a delight. Note particularly the actions of the young foxes at the elder's assembly! How similar to the behavior of many youngsters. Following the text is an "Author's Note" that really should not be skipped. Myers is to be applauded for introducing some and reminding others of this piece of rich Japanese culture. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761453567
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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