Ten Oni Drummers

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At dusk, on a beach in Japan, a young boy falls asleep and begins to dream, but soon he has company — a tiny oni, creeping up from the sand. Throughout the night, one by one, more oni appear, until there are ten in all, and they grow bigger, too. They begin beating their taiko drums, louder and louder. They sail on a raft, play games, have a big meal, and eventually chase away the boy's scary dreams.

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Overview

At dusk, on a beach in Japan, a young boy falls asleep and begins to dream, but soon he has company — a tiny oni, creeping up from the sand. Throughout the night, one by one, more oni appear, until there are ten in all, and they grow bigger, too. They begin beating their taiko drums, louder and louder. They sail on a raft, play games, have a big meal, and eventually chase away the boy's scary dreams.

One by one, ten tiny oni, Japanese goblin-like creatures, grow larger and larger as they beat their drums on the sand, chasing away bad dreams. Includes the Japanese characters for the numbers from one to ten.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The oni in this combination bedtime story and counting book by the creators of Cool Melons--Turn to Frogs! may keep readers awake more than it lulls them to sleep. "In dreams I gaze upon the sand,/ beneath the moonlight in Japan," opens the narrative, as a boy standing on a beach watches the first of the 10 ogre-like title characters emerge from the sand. Their lackluster activities (they raise flags, stoke a fire, eat from a large cooking pot) aren't likely to engage readers; even the more raucous activities (such as riding a raft and beating their drums) appear stagnant in the pictures. The rhyme and rhythm of Gollub's singsong verse intermittently falter. Stone's sometimes garish watercolor and colored pencil pictures depict the vividly colored oni as a potentially scary lot. Ironically, a full-spread rendering of the 10 wide-eyed, fanged drummers staring out from the page accompanies the words, "To me they're friendly, and what's more,/ they stand guard over slumber's shore./ When spooky dreams fill me with fright,/ they chase those dreams... into the night." The final spread imparts the volume's most valuable asset: a display of the Japanese kanji characters representing the numbers 1-10 and a demonstration of how to write each one. Ages 2-6. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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My Japanese ESL students, young and old alike, loved this creative counting book! Oni are devil-like monsters who can be demons or protectors depending on the situation. In this case, they are protecting the young story-teller from nightmares and do so by beating their taiko drums loud enough to keep away the spooky dreams. The author cleverly works the counting into a lively story, and each picture includes not only the number of oni needed, but also the Chinese character and the Japanese word for that number. At the end, there's a page showing how to draw each number's Chinese character and pronounce the word in Japanese. A cute addition to a multi-cultural library. 2000, Lee & Low Books, $15.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: J. Cook SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
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K-Gr 4-In a reassuring rhyming story, 10 Japanese oni appear one by one on the beach. They bang drums, make noise, and increase in size, page by page. As they approach the house of a small boy, they chant loudly and count in Japanese. However, the little hero is not afraid of these colorful wild goblins, for they serve to chase away his spooky dreams and become small sand creatures again at daybreak. This is a humorous look at nighttime fears, a delightful counting book, and an appealing story poem. The verse is crisp and childlike. Stone's vibrant, expressive watercolor-and-pencil illustrations strike just the right balance between being scary and funny. They fill each page with action and color. Clear Japanese characters from 1 to 10 adorn the shirts of each one. The book concludes with a pronunciation guide, background notes, and a number chart. A delightful and unique offering to fill requests for bedtime and counting books.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Kazuko Stone illustrates Ten Oni Drummers, a Japanese story of a young boy who falls asleep on the beach in Japan, awakening in the night to find onis who play taiko drums loudly to chase away his bad dreams. A warm story of gentle monsters who help.
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Ten garishly hued creatures from Japanese folklore gather one by one on a beach for an exuberant drumfest in this bedtime-cum-counting-rhyme from the creators of Cool Melons—Turn to Frogs! (1998). Growing in size as well as number in Stone's simply drawn seaside scenes, the oni caper about wildly. They are comic figures despite staring red eyes (only two each—unlike their cousins in Arlene Mosel's Funny Little Woman, 1973), horns, and fangs, providing as much entertainment for readers as for the young narrator:"Ichi, ni, san, TUN-TUN! / One two three, around they run... ." After a night of chasing bad dreams away:"Then as daybreak lights the land, / they shrink and sink back in the sand." Perfect fare for fans of wild rumpuses—with an afterword that includes background information on oni, taiko (Japanese drums), and charts for writing 1-10 in kanji script. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584300113
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2013
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.53 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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