Tales from the Bamboo Grove

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When Yoko asked if her mother wished she were prettier, she heard about vain Tatsuko, who became the 'Dragon Princess.' A fight with a bully at school prompted 'Monkey and Crab'; the poverty of a friend, 'Yayoi and the Spirit Tree.' 'The Fox Wife, ' 'Why Is Seawater Salty?' and 'The Grandmother Who Became an Island' are also included in this very personal collection of Japanese folktales. Each remembered story has a special mood, reflected in an exquisitely rendered, luminous, ...
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When Yoko asked if her mother wished she were prettier, she heard about vain Tatsuko, who became the 'Dragon Princess.' A fight with a bully at school prompted 'Monkey and Crab'; the poverty of a friend, 'Yayoi and the Spirit Tree.' 'The Fox Wife, ' 'Why Is Seawater Salty?' and 'The Grandmother Who Became an Island' are also included in this very personal collection of Japanese folktales. Each remembered story has a special mood, reflected in an exquisitely rendered, luminous, watercolor illustrations by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng.

A collection of Japanese folk tales recalled from the author's childhood.

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Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
When Yoka Kawashima Watkins lived in Korea, her parents kept alive their Japanese culture by telling folktales that seemed to fit precisely a situation with which they were coping. That collection is this book. Which provides another lesson in cultural vitality.
Hazel Rochman
Watkins' "So Far from the Bamboo Grove" , based on her experience fleeing northeastern Korea for Japan, is one of the great World War II refugee stories. Here she goes back to an idyllic time before the war and retells six Japanese folktales that she had heard as a child from her parents while they were living in Korea, far from home. The stories are of sadness and parting, of virtue rewarded, bullies subverted, meekness triumphant, with the wishes, transformations, and journeys common to folklore everywhere. In "Dragon Princess, Tatsuko," a beautiful girl prays that she'll never grow old, and she's locked forever into the form of a dragon goddess. In "Why Is Seawater Salty?" the rich, greedy brother gets his comeuppance. The fine full-page brush-and-ink illustrations with each tale are both individualized and formal, and small calligraphy panels reinforce the traditional frame of the telling. In Watkins' introduction there's a strong sense of reminiscence, of the storyteller remembering her storytellers remembering, and a sense of story in daily life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780027925258
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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