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Real Samurai

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"A comprehensive, highly engaging introduction to the world of the samurai for young readers."—Booklist

The Real series is a collection of four titles that includes Real Pirates, Real Knights, Real Samurai, and Real Ninja. Each title has been described as "excellent" and a real draw for even the reluctant reader.

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Overview

"A comprehensive, highly engaging introduction to the world of the samurai for young readers."—Booklist

The Real series is a collection of four titles that includes Real Pirates, Real Knights, Real Samurai, and Real Ninja. Each title has been described as "excellent" and a real draw for even the reluctant reader.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6
This book does an apt job of showing the evolution of the samurai class, discussing the different weapons and armor used by the warriors, and explaining specific battles. Individual samurai are also profiled. Miyamoto Musashi was a great swordsman, and also an unusual character. He rarely bathed but could cut a grain of rice on a man's forehead without breaking the man's skin. Tomoe Gozen was a rare female samurai. One tragic story tells of an eight-year-old emperor who was drowned by his grandmother in 1185 to avoid capture in the Battle of Dan no Ura. The writing is engaging and clear. Abundant, colorful illustrations add interest to the text. Adam Woog's A Samurai Warrior (Gale, 2005) is a more seriously toned, in-depth look at the samurai world in general. With its action-packed cover, brief biographies of actual fighters, and glimpses into ancient times, Real Samurai should find an appreciative audience among browsers, but its lack of documentation stymies its usefulness for reports.
—Anne Chapman CallaghanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592700608
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Real Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Turnbull received an A.B. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from Leeds University. He has been awarded the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies as well as the Japan Festival Literary Award for his work on the Samurai. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds. James Field was born in England in 1959. After attending college in Wales, he began his professional career in 1982 making models for museums and Welsh TV. An interest in the Samurai led to his first major book, Samurai Warriors, written by Stephen Turnbull.
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